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[500] to be preparing to advance and, though my confidence in General Bragg is unshaken, it cannot be doubted that, if he is distrusted by his officers and troops, a disaster may result, which but for that cause would have been avoided. You will, I trust, be able, by conversation with General Bragg and others of his command, to decide what the best interests of the service require, and to give me the advice which I need at this juncture. As that army is a part of your command, no order will be necessary to give you authority there; as, whether present or absent, you have a right to direct its operations, and do whatever else belongs to the general commanding.

Very respectfully and truly yours, Jefferson Davis.

Tullahoma, February 2, 1863.
Hon J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War, Richmond: I have just read the report of furloughs and discharges at Atlanta — from General Bragg's troops alone, sixty-six discharges, fourteen hundred and eighty-one furloughs in three months preceding January 14th-and respectfully repeat my recommendation that Article 4, General Orders No. 72, be revolved because it is draining the army.

J. E. Johnston, General.

Tullahoma, February 3, 1863.
Mr. President:
Your telegram ordering me to General Bragg's headquarters was received in Mobile, when I was on my way to them. Your letter of January 22d reached me here on the 30th. I have spoken to General Bragg, Lieutenant-Generals Polk and Hardee, and Governor Harris, on the subject of your letter . . . I respectfully suggest that, should it then appear to you necessary to remove General Bragg, no one in this army, or engaged in this investigation, ought to be his successor.

Most respectfully, Your obedient servant, J. E. Johnston, General.

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