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. Johnston. The first point of difference appears to have been with reference to the appointment of a Major-General for the Mississippi Department. General Johnston asked for the appointment of Brigadier-General Cadmus Wilcox, to which the Department responded by sending Maj-Gen. French. On hearing of the assignment of Gen. French to the command of a division in his department Gen. Johnston sent the following dispatch to the President, dated June 10, 1863: To His Excellency President Davis: It has been suggested to me that the troops in this department are very hostile to officers of Northern birth, and that, on that account, Major-Gen. French's arrival will weaken instead of strengthenous. I beg you to consider that all the General officers of Northern birth are on duty in this department. There is now a want of Major-Generals. It is important to avoid any cause of further discontent. J. E. Johnston. To this dispatch the President replied on the