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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
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