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partment, as will be more formally notified to you by the Secretary of War. You will correspond directly and receive orders and instructions from the Government in relation to your future operations. Jefferson Davis. As the telegrams sent to Secretary of War Stanton, after the evacuation of Corinth, are of such a remarkable character, and evincing so little regard for the truth that they are amusing, I cannot refrain from adding the following as specimens: Halleck's Headquarters, June 4th. General Pope with 40,000 is thirty miles south of Corinth, pushing enemy hard. He already reports 10,000 prisoners and deserters from the enemy, and 15,000 stand ofarms captured. Thousands of the enemy are throwing away their arms. A farmer says that when Beauregard had learned that Colonel Elliott had cut the railroad on his line of retreat, he becamefrantic and told his men to save themselves as best they could. H. W. Halleck, Major-General (Commanding). To E. M. Stanton, Secre
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 42: President Davis's letter to General Johnston after the fall of Vicksburg. (search)
pair in person to any part of said command whenever your presence might be for the time necessary or desirable. You were therefore ordered, on May 9th, to proceed at once to Mississippi and take chief command of the forces, giving to those in the field, as far as practicable, the encouragement and benefit of your personal direction. Some details were added about reinforcements, but not a word affecting in the remotest degree your authority to command your geographical district. On June 4th you telegraphed to the Secretary of War, in response to his inquiry, saying: My only plan is to relieve Vicksburg; my force is far too small for the purpose. Tell me if you can increase it, and how much. To which he answered on the 5th: I regret inability to promise more troops, as we have drained resources, even to the danger of several points. You know best concerning General Bragg's army, but I fear to withdraw more. We are too far outnumbered in Virginia to spare any, etc. On
ate of all troops engaged under him from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. General Grant received 51,000 additional men during the same period, bringing his total up to 192, 60 men employed by him from the Rapidan to the James. The Federal loss in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, and Cold Harbor is put at above 60,000 men by Mr. Swinton, in his History of the army of the Potomac. Taylor's Four Years with Lee. The campaign of one month, from May 4th to June 4th, had cost the Federal commander 60,000 men and 3,000 officers, while the loss of Lee did not exceed 18,000 men (of whom few were officers). The result would seem an unfavorable comment upon the choice of route made by General Grant. General McClellan, two years before, had reached Cold Harbor with trifling losses. To attain the same point had cost General Grant a frightful number of lives. Nor could it be said that he had any important success to offset this loss. He had not defeated hi