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[237] in opinion from you, and thought Vicksburg far more exposed to danger than Bragg, and was urging forward reenforcements to that point both from Carolina and Virginia, before you were directed to assume command in person in Mississippi.

XXI. I find nothing, then, either in your dispatch of 16th June, or in any subsequent communication from you, giving a justification for your saying that “you have not considered yourself commanding in Tennessee since assignment here” (i. e., in Mississippi). Your dispatch of the 5th instant is again a substantial repetition of the same statement, without a word of reason to justify it. You say, “ I considered my assignment to the immediate command in Mississippi as giving me a new position and limiting my authority to this department.” I have characterized this as a grave error, and in view of all the facts cannot otherwise regard it. I must add that a review of your correspondence shows a constant desire on your part, beginning early in January, that I should change the order placing Tennessee and Mississippi in one command and under your direction, and a constant indication on my part whenever I wrote on the subject, that in my judgment the public service required that the two armies should be subject to your control.

XXII. I now proceed to your second statement in your telegram of 12th June, that “you should not have felt authorized to take troops from that department” (Tennessee), “after having been informed by the Executive that no more could be spared.”

XXIII. To my inquiry for the basis of this


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