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[591] place, temporarily, Major George W. Brent, Virginia Volunteers, who was acting Assistant Adjutant-General. His term of service having expired, he is now without a commission, but being an intelligent, gallant, and meritorious officer, who highly distinguished himself at Shiloh, I have the honor to recommend again that he should be appointed lieutenant-colonel in the Adjutant-General's Department, if practicable—as was done in the case of Lieutenant-Colonel J. S. Preston—or in the Provisional army of the Confederate States. It would be a serious loss to me and to this army if he were not retained in the service.

Hoping that I may receive by telegraph a favorable answer to the above requests, I have the honor to remain,

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Troops are arriving and taking their positions. The place appears very healthy. Water very good, and obtained at twenty feet in abundance. Not so plentiful for animals except in town creek. This is a strong position. Remain at Saltillo for the present. Report your force at twenty-five thousand. Keep cavalry well out. Fort Pillow evacuated. Enemy at Memphis. Nothing new elsewhere. Colonel Tate is here.

Retire to-morrow to this place via Priceville, having sent off, first, everything from Saltillo. The road by the swamp is impassable for wagons. Enemy not much to be feared.

Governor Pickens, of South Carolina, to General Beauregard.

Columbia, S. C., June 12th, 1862.
To General Beauregard:
Sorry to hear of your ill-health and affliction. Sea-air good for you. We want you to fight our batteries again. We must now defend Charleston. Please come, as the President is willing—at least for the present. Answer.

General Beauregard's answer.

Governor F. W. Pickens, Columbia, S. C.:
Would be happy to do so, but my presence absolutely required here at present. My health still bad. No doubt sea-air would restore it, but have no time to restore it.

General,—You have no doubt received a telegram from the President assigning you permanently to the command turned over to you by General Beauregard. I write to inform you officially of the fact, and to request that you will correspond

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