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[587] of the government. No officer in the department has been more constantly and actively engaged than Major Samuel Lockett, Chief Engineer, for his professional skill and excellent judgment, wherever occasion required it, from Grenada to Port Hudson; during the siege of Vicksburg, none exposed themselves more fearlessly to danger than he and his gallant assistants, Captains Powhattan Robinson, James Cooper, J. J. Conway, D. Winter, and James Hagan, and Lieutenants E. W. MeMahon, W. O. Flynn, Geo. Donnelan, W. A. Gloster, Southard, Blessing, and Mr. Ginder. It gives me pleasure to name them, and to ask a recognition of their merits. I consider myself to have been particularly fortunate in the selection of Chief Quartermaster of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. Major L. Mims entered upon the duties of that office immediately on my assuming command, and has proved himself eminently qualified for the position; his energy and capacity I have rarely seen equalled. I believe that no man could have done more with the means at his disposal. Major Mims was greatly aided by that most excellent and efficient officer, Major Geo. Whitfield, Quartermaster, in charge of the transportation department. Major Johnston, Chief of Subsistence, has been untiring in his efforts to provide for so large a command; he had great difficulties to contend with, and generally has met them successfully. I am also greatly indebted to my Chief Paymaster, Major A. B. Cooke, for the ability and energy he has displayed in the execution of the business of his office. To Major G. L. Gillespie, Chief Commissary of General Stevenson's division, and acting Chief Commissary of the army during the siege, I owe my thanks; much is due to his energy and good judgment. Also to Major Orme, General Stevenson's Chief Quartermaster. Surgeon Bryan, Medical Director of the Army of Vicksburg, accompanied me on the field, and performed all his duties there and during the siege to my entire satisfaction. Captain Bryce, Ordnance Store-keeper, displayed great ability and devotion to duty during the siege. He was everywhere he should have been, and was emphatically the right man in the right place. Colonel C. A. Fuller, Inspector of Heavy Artillery, and Lieutenant-Colonel J. S. Saunders, P. A., Chief of Artillery of the department, performed their respective duties satisfactorily, and Colonel Saunders accompanied me on the field, where he rendered me valuable service. Colonel W. T. Withers, Chief of Field Artillery with the army, was active and attentive to his duties, and prompt in the execution of orders. In addition to his duties as Chief of Artillery, Colonel Withers continued in command of his regiment; he also accompanied me on the field. Captain C. McRae Selph, A. A. G., on duty with Colonel T. H. Taylor, was of great assistance to that excellent officer, more particularly during the siege; he also accompanied me on the field, and was constantly engaged in the transmission of orders. To my personal staff, Lieutenant J. H. Morrison, A. D. C.; Lieutenant J. C. Taylor, A. D. C., and Lieutenant H. C. Tupper, Twenty-fourth regiment Mississippi volunteers, A. D. C., I am greatly indebted, not only for service in the field, but for much laborious duty in the office, and I commend them to the favorable consideration of the government. Captain L. M. Montgomery, being unable to reach the Trans-Mississippi Department, to which he had been assigned, tendered his services as volunteer A. D. C. I found him an energetic and gallant officer, and a most valuable assistant. To him, and Major Sturges Sprague, volunteer A. D. C., who also accompanied me on the field, and was constantly engaged in the transmission of orders, I tender my sincere thanks. Also to Captain James Cooper, Fourteenth Mississippi, who served me as volunteer A. D. C. on the occasion of the battle of Baker's Creek. Captain Barclay and Lieutenant Wilkinson, of Bowen's division, with fifty brave fellows of that command, are entitled to special mention for their gallant conduct on the night of the thirtieth of May, in burning the sunken gunboat Cincinnati, which they accomplished as far as practicable.

I have the honor to be, General,

Your obedient servant,

J. C. Pemberton, Lieutenant-General.


General Joseph E. Johnston's report.

Meridian, Mississippi, November 1, 1863.
General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General:
Sir: The following report of my operations in the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, is respectfully offered as a substitute for the imperfect one forwarded by me from Jackson on May twenty-seventh, 1863:

While on my way to Mississippi, where I thought my presence had become necessary, I received, in Mobile, on March twelfth, the following telegram from the Secretary of War, dated March ninth: “Order General Bragg to report to the War Department for conference. Assume yourself direct charge of the Army of Middle Tennessee.” In obedience to this order I at once proceeded to Tullahoma. On my arrival I informed the Secretary of War, by a telegram, of March nineteenth, that General Bragg could not then be sent to Richmond, as he had ordered, on account of the critical condition of his family.

On the tenth of April I repeated this to the President, and added, “being unwell then, I afterwards became sick, and am not now able to serve in the field. General Bragg is, therefore, necessary here.” On the twenty-eighth my unfitness for service in the field was reported to the Secretary of War.

On the ninth of May I received, at Tullahoma, the following dispatch, of the same date, from the Secretary of War: “Proceed at once to Mississippi and take chief command of the ”


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