Walker-Hindman Correspondence (Cleburne Proposal)
Confederate Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations In Southwestern Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, West Florida, And Northern Georgia.--#24
O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME LII/2 [S# 110]
Near Dalton, January 9, 1864.
GENERAL: I wrote to General Cleburne asking him for a copy of the article he read at our meeting on the night of the 2d. I informed him that I felt it my duty to forward the documents to the War Department, which I intend to do. He has sent it and avowed himself its author. Will you please inform me whether you favor the proposition and sentiments of the document in any form. A similar letter to this I shall address to each of the gentlemen who were at the meeting, and their answer will be sent with this document, for I don't like to misrepresent any one. You will oblige me by sending an answer today, as I wish to send up the article tomorrow.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. H. T. WALKER,
Major-General, Commanding Division.
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN KENTUCKY, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, AND NORTH GEORGIA, FROM JANUARY 1, 1864, TO FEBRUARY 29, 1864.--#2
O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXXII/2 [S# 58]
HDQRS. HINDMAN'S CORPS, ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
Dalton, Ga., January 9, 1864.
Maj. Gen. W. H. T. WALKER,
Comdg. Div. Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee:
GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of this date, and to decline complying with your request. Whenever my proper superiors see fit to propound any interrogatories to me touching matters as to which they are entitled to inquire, it will be my duty to answer directly, and I shall do so. I have no opinions to conceal and will evade no responsibility that belongs to me. But I do not choose to admit any inquisitorial rights in you. Permit me also to say that, according to my understanding, the course you propose to take conflicts with a distinct agreement of privacy among the officers consulted by General Cleburne, which agreement none of them can waive without the consent of all.
I am, general, with high respect, your obedient servant,
T. C. HINDMAN,
Source: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
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