open letter to his address I hope you will afford him him every facility in going to & returning from Vicksburg" Copy, ibid. He probably enclosed a letter asking Smith to inform him of the number of regts. ready for exchange.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Vicksburg Miss. July 10th 1863.
BRIG. GEN. J. H. HAMMOND,
SURGEON GEN. U. S. ARMY,
WASHINGTON D. C.
The siege of Vicksburg having closed I have relieved Surgeon M. Mills as Medical Director of the Dept. and announced Surgeon Jno Moore in his place. 1
Surgeon Mills has filled the position of Medical Director as it has never before been filled in this Department, and I regreted exceedingly that he should have been relieved by orders from Washington, especially to go before a "Retiring Board" for examination. 2
Surgeon Mills has performed the duties of his office, in the field and on the march, in the most satisfactory manner and to the great advantage of the service. In correcting some old evils and irregularities he has incured the displeasure of some of the Surgeons of Volunteers who were evidently determined not to follow the prescribed forms for making out requisitions for all supplies drawn by them. You may have seen published some letters addressed by different Surgeons to the Medical Purveyor and published through the agency no doubt of one of the officers whose names appear to these letters. 3 The endorsement of Surgeon Mills to these several letters was evidently what they desired to get before the public to prejudice the public mind against him. Surgeon Mills was only performing a duty and requiring of them what they knew he would require before their letters were written. The fact is there was an evident desire on the part of Surgeons to draw an amount of ice that would