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1 General Bee, who reported that his 2,000 men were in line under seven hours continuous fire before giving up the ferry, said in his defense: ‘That I was not successful was because success was impossible. ... I claim for my troops (Gould's, Wood's, Terrell's, Liken's, Yager's, Myer's and Vincent's cavalry) the highest praise for their gallantry, patient endurance of fatigue, and never-failing enthusiasm.’ Gen. John A. Wharton wrote to Bee, June 30th, ‘From an examination of the ground, and from a full knowledge of your force and that of the enemy, I am satisfied that you could not have maintained yourself at Monett's ferry.’
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