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[512] cannot, in addition, command other remote departments. No general can command separate armies.

I have not yet been able to procure the means of moving these troops. They are too weak to accomplish much. The reinforcements you mention have joined Grant.

(Signed) J. E. Johnston.

Richmond, June 17, 1863.
General J. E. Johnston:
I do not find in my letter-book any communication to you containing the expression which you again attribute to me, and cite as a restriction on you against withdrawing troops from Tennessee, and have to repeat my inquiry, To what do you refer? Give date of dispatch or letter.

(Signed) Jefferson Davis.

Jackson, June 20, 1863.
To his Excellency the President:
I much regret the carelessness of my reply of the 16th to your telegram of the 15th. In my dispatch of the 12th, to the Secretary of War, I referred to your words, “We have withheld nothing which it was practicable to give,” in your telegram of May 28th, and to the telegram of June 5th,1 except the last sentence. I considered Executive as including the Secretary of War.

J. E. Johnston.

War Department, June 16, 1863.
General J. E. Johnston:
Your telegram 2 grieves and alarms me. Vicksburg must not be lost without a desperate struggle. The interest and honor of the Confederacy forbid it. I rely on you still to avert the loss. If better resources do not offer, you must hazard attack. It may be made in concert with the garrison, if practicable, but otherwise without, by day or night, as you think best.

James A. Seddon, Secretary of War.

1 From the Secretary of War.

2 That of June 15th.

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