good and he is a pious, Christian officer, who seems to discharge faithfully his duties to God and man. I am more confident in urging the matter because recommendations of Colonel Palmer are on the files of the War Department from Generals Hardee, Stevensom, Preston, Buckner, Heth, and, I believe, General Bragg. I can add that the appointment will give satisfaction to the entire mass of loyal citizens in this section.
With much regard and esteem, your obedient servant,
C. G. MEMMINGER
Secretary of War for attention.
It might be well to consult General Lee and to present in this connection the application from Governor Vance for General Leventhorpe, and the orders to General Martin.
JANUARY 5, 1865.
Obtain the letter of Governor Vance referred to, and also the instructions to General Martin, that General Lee may be consulted respecting them.
J. A. S[EDDON],
JANUARY 6, 1865.
Refer to General Lee, inviting his attention to the President's indorsement, and requesting his counsel.
J. A. SEDDON,
BUREAU OF ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL, APPOINTMENT OFFICE, January 10, 1865.
Respectfully referred to General R. E. Lee, inviting attention to the indorsements of the President and Secretary of War.
By command of Secretary of War:
ED. A. PALFREY,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS, January 20, 1865.
I recommend that this section of the country be made into a separate department and placed under General Martin, now exercising command there. It is too distant for communication through General Holmes to me. The commander should have a military court, and be empowered