statement to your notice, and to saying that I regard the failure as prejudicial tot he intersts of the country, and specially to the naval service, which has thus been prevented from rendering important service.*
I have the honor to be, very respe3ctfully, your obedient servant,
S. R. MALLORY,
Secretary of the Navy.
CHESTER, May 19, 1864.
General BRAXTON BRAGG,
Your dispatch received at 3.15 p. m. Necessry orders were issued at nce. I respecrtfully request that Brigadier General B. R. Johnson be made a major-general, or that an officer of that rank be ordered to report to me.