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To THE PRESIDENT : Your despatch of June 3Oth is received. I considered my assignment to the immediate command in Mississippi as giving me a new position and limiting my authority to this Department, The ordering of the War Department transferring three separate bodies of troops from General Bragg's army to this two of them without my knowledge, and all of them without consulting me, would have convinced me, had I doubted these orders of the War Department expressed its judgment of the number of troops to be transferred from Tennessee.
I could no more control this judgment by increasing the numbers than by forbidding the transfer.
I regret very much that an impression which seemed to be natural should be regarded as a strange error. I thank your Excellency for your approval of the several recommendations you mention.
- Candy Creek Camp
- Jefferson Davis: ex-President of the Confederate States of America; (1890), Davis, Varina