No news from any quarter to-day.
Gen. Joseph E. Johnston is discontented with his command in the West. The armies are too far asunder for co-operative action; and, when separated, too weak for decisive operations. There is no field there for him, and he desires to be relieved, and assigned to some other command.
I was surprised to receive, to-day, the following very official letter from the Secretary of War:
richmond, VA., Feb. 27th, 1863.
J. B. Jones, Esq.
sir: — The President has referred your letter of the 19th inst. to this department.
In reply, you are respectfully informed that it is not deemed judicious, unless in the last extremity, to resort to the means of supply suggested. The patriotic motives that dictated the suggestion are, however, appreciated and acknowledged.
Your obedient servant,
James A. Seddon,
Secretary of War.
SOURCE: John Beauchamp Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital, Volume 1, p. 264-5