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Page 8 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

Copy of a communication from General Buell April 11, 1864, transmitting copy last above named, and also a copy of a statement prepared by him for submission to the Commission, reviewing the evidence taken before it, which is herewith. [Inclosure Numbers 4 and sub-inclosure Numbers 2.]

Copy of General Orders, Numbers 29a, Headquarters Army of the Ohio, July 11, 1862. [Inclosure Numbers 6.]

WM. W. BELKNAP,

Secretary of War.

[Inclosure Numbers 1.]

ADJUTANT-GENERALS' OFFICE,

Washington, December 11, 1871.

General JOSEPH HOLT,

Judge-Advocate-General, Washington, D. C.:

SIR: I have respectfully to inform you that the proceedings of the Military Commission convened by Special Orders, Numbers 365, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, November 20, 1862, which investigated Major General D. C. Buell's operations in Kentucky and Tennessee, have been submitted to the Secretary of War April 15, 1863.

The accompanying correspondence of General Buell in review of the evidence before the Military Commission is all that could be found on the files in this office.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

Opinion of the Commission.

The order convening the Commission requires it "to investigate and report upon the operations of the army under the command of Major General D. C. Buell in Kentucky and Tennessee." It further requires the Commission to" report an opinion in the caseJanuary

Very early in its sessions the commission resolved to direct its investigations to the following points:

1st. The operations of Major-General Buell in Tennessee and Kentucky.

2d. Suffering Kentucky to be invaded by rebels under General Bragg.

3d. The failure to relieve Munfordville.

4d. The battle of Perryville and conduct there.

5th. Permitting the rebels to escape without loss from Kentucky.

6th. Inquire and report upon such other matters touching military operations above specified as in the judgment of the Commission shall be beneficial to the service.

The first point really comprehends all the rest; but convenience required such a division of the subject.

The sixth point, it will be perceived, is general, and was made to cover such subjects as-

1st. General Buell's loyalty, against which there is no evidence worthy of consideration.

2d. General Buell's policy toward the inhabitants of disaffected districts into which his operations extended. This we find to have been what is familiarly known as known as the conciliatory policy. Whether good or


Page 8 KY., M. AND E. TENN., N. ALA., AND SW. VA. Chapter XXVIII.

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