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1 There were about seventeen hundred of them. In my report of the battle of Manassas, as published by the Administration, this sentence does not appear: “The delay of sending our sick, seventeen hundred in number, to Culpepper Court-House, would have made it impossible to arrive at Manassas in time; they were, therefore, provided for in Winchester.” And this one is in its place: “Our sick, seventeen hundred in number, were provided for in Winchester.” The original is in possession of the Government in Washington. In an indorsement on it, by Mr. Davis, I am accused of reporting his telegram to me inaccurately. I did not profess to quote his words, but to give their meaning, which was done correctly.
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