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[572] of Pillow, Chalmers, and Roddy, all in Eastern Alabama, and operate in the enemy's rear between his army and Dalton.

J. E. Johnston, General.

Near Marietta, June 28, 1864.
General S. Cooper, Richmond:
I have received your dispatch inquiring why three regiments had not been sent to Savannah in exchange for those of Mercer's brigade.

They have not been sent, because, before Mercer's brigade joined, we were engaged with an enemy more than double our numbers, and ever since have been in his immediate presence.

I considered the fact that the Government1 reinforced us from the coast afterward proof that my course was right. The three regiments shall be sent as soon as it can be done without danger to our position. They are now, like all this army, within rifle-shot of the enemy.

J. E. Johnston.

Near Marietta, June 29, 1864.
General Braxton Bragg, Richmond:
I recommend the assignment of Major-General Lovell to the command of Stewart's division.

All quiet yesterday.

(Signed) J. E. Johnston.

Near Marietta, June 29, 1864.
General Bragg, Richmond:
I respectfully urge the importance of immediate decision on my recommendation of assignment of Lovell to Stewart's division. He is now serving as a volunteer — without command, of course.

J. E. Johnston.

1 Canty's troops.

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