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[235] and orders already quoted, and no justification whatever is perceived for your abandonment of your duties as commanding general of the geographical district to which you were assigned. Orders as explicit as those under which you were sent to the West and under which you continued to act up to the 9th May, when you were directed to repair in person to Mississippi, can only be impaired or set aside by subsequent orders equally explicit; and your announcement that you had ceased to consider yourself charged with the control of affairs in Tennessee because ordered to repair in person to Mississippi, both places being within the command to which you were assigned, was too grave to be overlooked; and, when to this was added the assertion that you should not have felt authorized to draw troops from that department (Tennessee), after being informed by the “Executive that no more could be spared,” I was unable to account for your language, being entirely confident that I had never given you any such information.

XVIII. I shall now proceed to separate your two statements, and begin with that which relates to your “not considering yourself commanding in Tennessee since assignment here,” i. e., in Mississippi.

XIX. When you received my telegram of 15th of June, informing you that “the order to go to Mississippi did not diminish your authority in Tennessee, both being in the country placed under your command in original assignment,” accompanied by an inquiry about the information said to have been derived from me restricting your authority to transfer troops, your answer on the 16th of June was, “I ”

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