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the latter might make, Hill at last received the answer that there were no charges to be investigated.
But it is due to the memory of General Hill that the world should know how thoroughly he retained the confidence, respect and admira- tion of the officers and men of the army, which Bragg left after the next fight, never to rejoin till he found Hill on the soil of his own State, leading its reduced regiments in their last forlorn charge against their old foe.
The following letters, for which he did not ask, but which he treasured as testimonials of his relations to his troops to the day of his death, are submitted for the first time for the vindication of his memory against the suspicion of negligence, inefficiency, incompe- tency or infidelity to his trust as commander of a corps:
HEADQUARTERS CLEBURNE'S DIVISION,
MISSION RIDGE, October 9, 1863.
General, In your departure from the army of Tennessee, allow me to offer you my grateful acknowledgments for the uniform kind- ness that has characterized all your official intercourse with my division. Allow me also to express to you the sincere regard and high confidence with which, in so short a time, you succeeded in inspiring both myself and, I believe, every officer and man in my command.
It gives me pleasure to add that now, though your connection with this army has ended, you still retain undiminished the love, respect and confidence of Cleburne's division.
Respectfully your friend,
P. R. CLEBURNE,
Dear General, I have just learned officially that you have been relieved from command in this army, and ordered to report to Richmond.
I cannot see you go away without sending you, in an unofficial and friendly note, the expression of my sincere regret at out separa- tion. It has the merit of at least being disinterested. I saw you for the first time on my way to this army from Mississippi, when my division became a part of your corps, and I have had more than one