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[151] whom he deemed competent.1 Palpable as this fallacy seems, yet it was adhered to until overruled by the War Department.

It is proper for me to add that I had at that time but a very slight personal acquaintance with General Palmer. However, I knew him well by reputation, and esteemed him highly. General Thomas, especially, had given me a high estimate of his character and abilities. If there was any cause of jealousy or ill-feeling between us, I never suspected it.

1 Reference is made here to the 122d Article of War, and the resolution of Congress especially intended to modify it in respect to command in any ‘field or department,’ approved April 4, 1862.

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