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[590] was utterly foiled; his delay of seven weeks and vast expenditures were of little value, and he has reached Corinth to find it a barren locality, which he must abandon as wholly worthless for his purposes.

I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant,


P. S. My effective force on the morning of the evacuation (May 30th) did not exceed forty-seven thousand men, of all arms. That of the enemy, obtained from the best sources of information, could not have been less than ninety thousand men, of all arms.

G. T. B.


Appendix to Chapter XXV.

Headquarters Western Department, Tupelo, Miss., June 9th, 1862.
General Saml. Cooper, Adj. and Insp. Genl. C. S. A., Richmond, Va.:
General,—I beg to call the attention of the War Department to the absolute necessity, as already telegraphed several times, of providing this army immediately with funds; for otherwise its wants will become intolerable, and will necessarily end in its disbandment. This relief can the more readily be obtained from the Assistant Treasurer at Jackson, Miss., who has in his charge several millions of dollars belonging to the banks of New Orleans, La., seized by my orders when I was informed those funds were to be returned to those banks, in obedience to instructions of Major-General Butler, Federal commander at that point. I am assured that the bank agents, who had that money in charge, are not only willing, but desirous, it should be applied to the present wants of this army, the government becoming responsible for the same. I would, therefore, request the department to give such orders in the case as will best secure the end in view; moreover, it would be advisable to remove, those funds from Jackson, Miss., into the interior as soon as practicable. I must also call the attention of the department to the absolute necessity of providing this army with an energetic chief commissary, fall of expedients and resources; for it is becoming more and more difficult to supply the wants of so large a force as we retire in front of an overpowering enemy. I had the honor of recommending, for that difficult position, several days ago, Major Moses I. Wicks, of the Tennessee cavalry, a gentleman of Memphis, in every way qualified for it, according to the recommendations of those best acquainted with him; the case is urgent and pressing; if in no other way, he could be appointed a lieutenantcolonel of the Provisional army, and ordered to report to me for duty, when I will assign him to the position referred to. Nearly the same remarks are also applicable to the chief quartermaster of this army, and I have the honor to recommend Mr. Jos. E. Bradley, of Huntsville, Ala., and Mr. Edward Richardson, of New Orleans, who are said to possess all the qualities required for that position. These are times when the man best fitted for an office should be appointed, regardless of all other considerations.

A few weeks ago I informed the department that Brigadier-General Thomas Jordan, Chief of Staff of this army, being absent, sick, I had appointed in his


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