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be appointed, whose duty it shall be to thoroughly examine each and all of said charges as preferred against me, and that said court shall be required not merely to report the facts but to give their opinion on the merits of the case.

I have the honor to remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. HOLT,

Judge-Advocate-General.

[Indorsement.*]

This application having been submitted to the President and considered by him, it is not deemed to be expedient to order a court of inquiry. The President is entirely satisfied with the honesty and fidelity of the Judge-Advocate-General in the matters referred to in the application, and that there is no ground to impeach his personal or official honor and integrity, and that his conduct requires no inquiry or vindication. For this reason a court of inquiry is deemed unnecessary. In this view the Secretary of War fully concurs.

FORT MONROE, VA., September 12, 1866.

Commanding OFFICER MIL. DIST. OF FORT MONROE,

Fort Monroe, Va.:

SIR: I would respectfully report the health of state prisoner Jefferson Davis to be much the same as at last report. He complains of a rheumatic affection of the right shoulder and arm and of being weaker than heretofore.

Your obedient servant,

GEO. E. COOPER,

Surgeon, U. S. Army.

[Indorsement.]

HDQRS. MILITARY DISTRICT OF FORT MONROE,

Fort Monroe, Va., September 13, 1866.

Respectfully forwarded.

H. S. BURTON,

Brevet Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

FORT MONROE, VA., September 16, 1866.

Commanding OFFICER MIL. DIST. OF FORT MONROE,

Fort Monroe, Va.:

SIR: I would respectfully report that the physical condition of state prisoners Jefferson Davis is much the same as on my report of the 12th instant.+

Your obedient servant,

GEO. E. COOPER,

Surgeon, U. S. Army.

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*In handwriting of Mr. Stanton but not signed.

+This and all subsequent reports of the medical officer at Fort Monroe were regularly forwarded (by indorsement) by the commanding officer to the Adjutant-General of the Army.

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