which may affect my reputation and impair my usefulness in the service if the facts remain unpublished.
I therefore very respectfully request a Court of Inquiry to be convened to investigate the truth and object of these reflections.
I would further request that I should be honorably relieved from duty in the Army of the Cumberland [pending this investigation],* and that my assistant adjutant-general, James A. Lowrie, be granted leave of absence to aid me in preparing the necessary papers.
I have but one aide, who is totally+ ignorant of my official records.
Hoping that my past services and an attentive performance of duty may entitle my request to your official consideration and respect,++ I have the honor to remain, yours, very truly,
JAS. S. NEGLEY,
Major-General U. S. Volunteers.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., November 3, 1863.
Major General J. S. NEGLEY, Pittsburgh, Pa.:
Dispatch received. Return at expiration of your leave.
By order of Major-General Thomas:
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., November 10, 1863.
Major General J. S. NEGLEY, Nashville, Tenn.:
The general commanding directs that you remain in Nashville until further orders. It is proper that you should ask for a Court of Inquiry. It would not be proper to assign you to a command until an investigation has been had.
J. J. REYNOLDS,
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISS.,
December 22, 1863.
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II. Major General James S. Negley, U. S. Volunteers, having failed to demand a Court of Inquiry for the purpose of freeing himself from charges affecting his usefulness in this command, is hereby directed to proceed to Cincinnati or to any point outside this military division, and report by letter to the Adjutant-General of the Army for orders.
By order of Major General U. S. Grant:
T. S. BOWERS,
*As it reads in the War Department original.
+The word "totally" not in War Department original.
++In original this sentence reads: "I sincerely trust that my past services and attentive performance of duty may entitle me to your official consideration and command respect for my request."