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[536] and have but lately returned. On my arrival I find your letter, which had been duly received.

I shall answer the several points to which you call my attention, with readiness.

On the evening and night of the 6th April, the first day of the battle of Shiloh, after the order had been given to cease firing, and all was quiet along our lines, all, or nearly all, of the general officers came to headquarters, where I mingled freely among them; heard from them accounts of the many moving incidents of the day, the death of many good and brave men, the capture and flight of the enemy. But on that evening, although all admitted the victory was not complete, yet I heard no one express the slightest discontent with your order to cease firing. On the contrary, the impression left on my mind, of which I have a vivid recollection, by their conversation, was, that our troops had all done well, and had accomplished all that could have been expected, and that we were masters of the field. I certainly heard no one say that if he had not been called off he could have won for himself and his troops any additional laurels. On that evening I heard no criticism of the order to cease firing, and I feel confident there was none in any quarter. I am further satisfied now, and always have been, that all complaints of your drawing off the troops on the evening of the 6th were after-thoughts, and especially with the general officers. Because, until the fact was well established that the enemy, during that night, received an additional aid of more than twenty thousand fresh troops, no such thought seemed to have occurred to any one. After that, however, many began to say it would have been far better for us to have attempted to complete our work on the day before. Some of the general officers began to say we could have done more. But I have never thought that such was their opinion the day before. The exhausted condition of our troops, their disorganization, derangement, and straggling were fearfully great, and I have never believed that their worried, hungry, and disorganized bands, though flushed with victory, could have silenced General Buell's batteries, which were brought into the action on the evening of the 6th, and I do not think any of our generals thought so then.

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My object in this letter has been to give you as frank and direct replies as possible to your inquiries.

I shall be happy to hear from you at all times.

Very truly, your obedient servant,



Extract from a letter of ex-governor I. G. Harris of Tennessee to General Beauregard, relative to the death of General Albert Sidney Johnston.

Memphis, April 13th, 1876.
Genl. G. T. Beauregard, New Orleans:
My dear Sir,—Your letter of 5th instant came to hand a few days since. In answer to which I beg to say that your letter of last autumn did not reach me, or it should have been promptly answered.

About 1 1/2 h., an hour before his fall, General Johnston moved around to about the centre of General Breckinridge's division, upon our extreme right, and for about three quarters of an hour occupied a position immediately in rear of General


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