Head Quarters Disct of W. Tenn
Corinth, July 25, 1862
BRIG GENL L THOMAS
ADJT GENL OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, D. C.
I have just been shown a letter of Capt J P. Hawkins C. S, to Col Haines, which, with the endorsement of the latter was sent to the Commissary General, and has caused an order for the discharge of Capt W W Leland from the service.
Capt Leland has served under my command for the last seven or eight months, and I feel it a duty to him to relieve him from such suspicions as I know, or believe, to be unjust.
In the first place Capt Leland seems to have been mustered out of service on charges of suspicions against his administration of affairs in his Department, without an opportunity to vindicate himself, and without the charges being sent through any Commanding Officer. Matters are alluded to that occurred back at Cairo, and which I had investigated; the investigation resulting entirely in the exculpation of Capt L. So much was said at the time as to prejudice me very much against the Captain. These charges were, being a partner in a baking contract given by himself, 1 crediting to his own account the full amount of wastage that can be covered under the regulations &c The investigation showed conclusively that there was no bribery or corruption in the bread contract whatever, and the other charges could not be traced to a single person who knew anything about them except from hearsay. I refer you in this connection, to a letter addressed by me at the time to Capt Leland
I am not prepared to vindicate Capt Leland against all charges, but am ready to state that investigations heretofore have proven his entire innocence of a part, and failed to show guilt in any particular. I think the only cause of complaint that