means unusual, that of regarding accusation of me, whom he had selected for an adversary, as defense of himself.
Although this report is probably the longest on record, compared with the operations described, the Secretary of War
took the very unusual course of suggesting, as he did1
in a letter to General Pemberton
, dated October 1st, an additional one, to strengthen its weak points, which were indicated.
This was made, dated November 10th; and, after General Pemberton
had read my report in the war office, he asked and obtained permission to offer a second supplemental one.
This is explained by Mr. Seddon
, in a letter published with the reports, thus:. “After seeing the report of General Johnston
, General Pemberton
considered his reply to that letter” (Mr. Seddon
's of October 1st) “as not so fully elucidating the points of inquiry as the additional details presented by General Johnston
rendered appropriate and necessary.
He therefore asked the privilege of making a further reply, ‘which, in justice to himself’ ” (the honorable Secretary
naively adds), “was accorded.”
The additional comments upon my conduct thus published, with no opportunity on my part for defense, are almost as long as my whole report.
The facts that the Administration, after reading General Pemberton
's report, desired him to strengthen his case in a manner which it pointed out, and permitted him, after studying my defense, to reply to it in another supplemental report, show very clearly how little it occupied itself with “justice” to me.
Notwithstanding these advantages on his part,