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[Second indorsement.]

JUNE 7, 1864.

Respectfully submitted to the President for his consideration.

The case presented would seem to demand some opportunity for investigation.

J. A. SEDDON,

Secretary.

[Third indorsement.]

ADJUTANT-GENERAL C. S. ARMY:

Returned for inquiry as to the action taken, particularly whether General Ransom wa or was or was not directed to make his presentation of the case conform to the law under which he had acted.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

[Fourth indorsement.]

ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,

August 2, 1864.

Respectfully returned to the President.

All the papers in the case of Brigadier-General Barton were submitted to the Secretary of War the 23rd ultimo. They contain all the information or record in this office touching it.

In the absence and by direction of the Adjutant and Inspector General.

H. L. CLAY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Fifth indorsement.]

SEPTEMBER 1, 1864.

General Bragg for attention, so that the right to investigation shall be secured.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

[Sixth indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES CONFEDERATE STATES,

Richmond, December 20, 1864.

Respectfully returned to the Adjutant-General.

Genera Ransom was notified of this application. No official reply has been received from his at these headquarters, but he has verbally informed General Bragg, in North Carolina that he had already reported the whole case to the Adjutant-General.

For General Bragg and in his absence:

JNO. B. SALE,

Colonel and Military Secretary.

CAMP OF BARTON'S BRIGADE,

Chesterfield County, Va., August 22, 1864.

Colonel WALTER H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SIR: On May 11, 1864, Brigadier-General Barton was relived of the command of this brigade. As soon thereafter as practicable an