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Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin to General Joseph E. Johnston, December 27, 1861
Physical Appearance: December 27, 1861 - [Header] Confederate States of America, War Department, Richmond, [Virginia] - letter from Judah P. Benjamin to General J[oseph] E[ggleston] Johnston, Comm[andin]g Dep[artment of] North[ern] V[irgini]a - As requested by the President, Benjamin replies to a letter, written by Major [William Henry Chase] Whiting, forwarded by General Joseph E. Johnston, to Davis. Benjamin explictly notes Davis' displeasure with said letter. "The President does not desire to force on Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Whiting the command of the Brigade which had been assigned to him, . . . and you are requested to issue an order relieving Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Whiting of the Command of a brigade of five Mississippi regiments. . . " The letter further demotes Whiting back to a Major of Engineers and transfers him to Major Gen[era]l [Thomas J.] Jackson's Valley District. Benjamin concludes by stating that the President trusts that Johnston will never "forward to him communications of your subordinates having so obvious a tendency to excite a mutinous and disorganizing spirit in the army." Signed "J. P. Benjamin" Sec[retary] of War.
|Creator||Benjamin, Judah P.|
|Archival History||Judah P. Benjamin's letter to J. E. Johnston, re: Major Whiting, was formerly located in the MC 3 L-583b files.|
Benjamin, Judah P.
Johnston, Joseph Eggleston
Whiting, William Henry Chase