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1 ‘The order of General Grant to General Butler, which I saw published in the papers—I never saw the original of the order-stated that, in certain cases, he was to entrench and hold his position, and co-operate with the navy in the reduction of the fort.’‘Was there anything done, or omitted to be done, which you would not have done, or omitted, if you had had full command of the expedition?’ ‘Yes, sir. If I had had the instructions that General Grant gave to General Butler, I would have done one thing that General Butler did not do—I would have entrenched and remained there. I should certainly have done that, and I have written to General Butler that I was sorry he did not show me that letter of instructions so that I could have advised him about that. There is where General Butler clearly made a mistake. The order seems to be explicit that he should remain there.’—Weitzel's Testimony.
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