Secretary of War
, and Adjutant and Inspector General
, with General J. E. Johnston
, during the months of May, June, and July, concerning his command, and the operations in his department.”
This was on the motion of Mr. Grimes
, of Texas
, a devoted follower of the President
In his letter to Congress accompanying the correspondence, the President
explained: “As the resolution fixes definitely the dates within which the correspondence is desired, I have not deemed it proper to add any thing which was prior or subsequent to those dates.”
On that principle, his charges against me, making much the larger part of his share of the correspondence, were not accompanied by my defense.
Yet six papers less relevant were included --an order dated November, 1862, and a correspondence (five dispatches) between the President
and General Bragg
It would have been as consistent with propriety to transmit my defense with his accusations, and certainly as much so with fairness.
Repeated calls for this paper by Congress, to complete the published correspondence, were unnoticed by the Executive
This fact gave me the impression, at the time, that my defense must have been regarded as in some degree effective by those who thus prevented its publication.
As the charges so published were extensively circulated, I take this occasion to defend myself, and to present the case fairly by giving both letters.