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[247] of our arms. Without them we could not have held the country which, till the latter part of June, furnished food for Bragg's army. More than two weeks before your Excellency's dispatch of April 30th, a brigade of cavalry was sent across the Tennessee to aid in the protection of Mississippi, and, reports of large reenforcements to the garrison of Corinth being received, Brigadier-General Forrest was sent with another on April 23d. These two brigades constituted the force referred to in my dispatch of April 30th. As soon as the falling back of the Federal army made it practicable, Colonel Roddy was transferred to Mississippi, with about two-thirds of the joint forces.

In paragraph XII. you quote the dispatch of the War Department to me of June 5th, as follows: “ 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. The dispatch sent to me reads thus: “ I regret inability to promise more troops. Drained resources 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 it to spare any. You must rely on what you have and the irregular forces Mississippi can afford,” etc. This is one of the dispatches which gave me the impression that the Executive wished no more troops withdrawn from Tennessee.

V. I did not draw from that telegram the inference which you express in the next paragraph,


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