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[233] although I thought them injudicious, I refrained from exercising my authority, in deference to your views.

VIII. When I learned that prejudice and malignity had so undermined the confidence of the troops at Vicksburg as to threaten disaster, I deemed the circumstances such as to present the case foreseen in Special Order No. 275, that you should “repair in person to any part of said command whenever your presence might for the time be necessary or desirable.”

IX. You were therefore ordered, on 9th May, to “proceed at once to Mississippi and the chief command of the forces, giving to those in the field as far as practicable the encouragement and benefit of your personal direction.”

X. Some details were added about reenforcements, but not a word affecting in the remotest degree your authority to command your geographical district.

XI. On the 4th June you telegraphed to the Secretary of War in reference to his inquiry, saying, “My only plan is to relieve Vicksburg; my force is far too small for the purpose; tell me if you can increase it and how much.”

XII. To which he answered on the 5th: “I regret inability to promise more troops, as we have drained resources even to the danger of several points. You know best concerning General Bragg's army, but I fear to withdraw more. We are too far outnumbered in Virginia to spare any,” etc., etc.

XIII. This dispatch shows that, up to the 5th June, the war-office had no knowledge of any impression on your part that you had ceased to control

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