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[59] On August 10, Halleck, then general-in-chief, telegraphed me from Washington: ‘There is a deputation here from Colonel Blair and others asking for your removal on account of inefficiency.’

Colonel Blair happened into my office a few minutes after the receipt of this despatch on the 11th, and I handed it to him. He at once said in substance, and with feeling: ‘That is not true. No one is authorized to ask in my name for your removal’; and he sent a despatch to that effect to General Halleck.

The next day (August 12) despatches were exchanged between General Halleck and Colonel Blair, of which the latter furnished me a copy, inclosed with the following note from himself:

dear Schofield: I inclose you a copy of a despatch (marked ‘A’) received yesterday from Major-General Halleck, and my answer thereto, marked ‘B.’


Copy ‘A.’

To Hon. F. P. Blair,
August 12th, 1862. (By telegraph from War Dep't.) Washington, 12:50 P. M.
The committee from St. LouisHenry T. Blow, John C. Vogle, and Thomas O'Reilley—told me, in presence of the President, that they were authorized by you to ask for Gen. Schofield's removal for inefficiency. The Postmaster-General has to-day sent to me a letter from Mr.—, asking that you be put in Gen. Schofield's place. There has been no action in this or on the papers presented by the above-named committee.

H. W. Halleck, General-in-chief.

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