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[452] General Lee was the only general available; and was then, as he had been previously, in a position inadequate to his rank.

5. When the President assigned me to the command of Generals Bragg, Pemberton, and Kirby Smith, he fixed my headquarters in Tennessee. Before the end of December I transferred them to Mississippi. On the 23d of January he ordered me to Tennessee on special service. When I was returning to Mississippi after having performed it, he ordered1 me to return to Tullahoma and take personal command of General Bragg's army. This made it officially impossible for me to return to Jackson; so that all my absence from Mississippi, in 1863, was compelled by the President. I went to Mississippi in May “only in consequence of a positive order,” because I had been deprived by the President of the power to go without one. On arriving at Jackson, I took the promptest2 measure to unite the troops in Jackson with those immediately under General Pemberton. The measure was defeated3 by disobedience of my orders. The troops in Jackson rendered the only service possible, by delaying the approach of the Federal forces long enough to enable Major Minis, chief quartermaster of the department, to save such public property as he had the means of removing. To attempt to strike a blow upon at least two corps,4 with two brigades, would have been gross folly.

We were not inactive5 during the siege of Vicksburg, nor were my forces adequate to cut through Grant's lines. General Pemberton, as much

1 See page 163.

2 See page 176.

3 See page 181.

4 General Grant's report.

5 See pages 191-203.

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