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“ [68] record . . . of all my official acts. . . . To say that I have not been distressed . . . would be false. . . . One thing I will assure you of, however: I cannot be driven from rendering the best service within my ability to suppress the present rebellion.” And to his father he wrote: “You must not expect me to write in my own defence, nor to permit it from any one about me. I know that the feeling of the troops under my command is favourable to me; and, so long as I continue to do my duty faithfully, it will remain so. I require no defenders.” Nevertheless, his spirit was near being broken. He had nothing given him to do. He was in a sort of disgrace. There seemed no outlook. Halleck had removed his willing hand from the plough. At Corinth he had applied for a thirty days leave, when Sherman, his good friend, suspected that all was not well with him. “I inquired for the general,” says Sherman, “and was shown ”

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