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lying just outside the fort, in plain view, exposed to a burning sun throughout the entire day.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Q. A. Gillmore, Brig.-Genl. Comdg.
This necessitated the following letter, which further explains the point at issue between the two commanders, and reverses the imputation of double-dealing thrown upon the officers who had acted under General Beauregard's instructions:
Headquarters, Department S. C., Ga., and Fla., Charleston, S. C., August 18th, 1863. Brig.-General Q. A. Gillmore, Commanding U. S. Forces, etc., etc.:
General,—Your letter of the 5th was not received at these Headquarters until the 8th instant.
I cannot bandy allegations with you, and much less shall I emulate the temper and spirit in which your communication was conceived; but will simply confine myself to showing how groundless is your imputation of bad faith on my part, in connection with the return of wounded prisoners of war.
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