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[213] that it will require not less than thirty thousand additional troops to relieve Vicksburg. The withdrawal of these troops may possibly involve the surrender of all Middle Tennessee to the enemy. The failure to reenforce to this extent, certainly involves the loss of the entire Mississippi Valley. General Johnston believes that the question should be decided by the Government, and we concur with him. We respectfully submit that Vicksburg, and the country dependent upon it, should be held at every sacrifice, and that you order the requisite number of troops to be sent forward with that view. It is unnecessary to say that time is all important; and that the decision should be promptly made.

John J. Pettus, E. Barksdale, A. G. Brown, W. P. Harris. D. F. Kenner

After all reinforcements had been received, in a dispatch to the President dated June 3d, Governor Pettus had expressed the opinion that our army was too small for the objects to be accomplished; and urged his excellency to “send such reinforcements as would give guarantee of success.”

The President said in his reply, dated June 5th: “.... I have not the power to comply with the request you make. Had it been otherwise, your application would have been anticipated ....” Thus admitting the inadequacy of my forces.

Lieutenant-General Pemberton also confirmed my opinion that my force was inadequate, by warning 1

1 See page 195, message by Captain Saunders.

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