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ottom's Bridge, with his victorious 20,000?
Lee would have had his 45,000 in Grant's front, with Beauregard's 20,000 on his left flank and rear, and Grant would never have reached Harrison's Landing—if, indeed, his army too had not been conquered.
Yet Beauregard received for his victory at Drury's Bluff rather more of censure than of commendation.
The last telegram sent by General Beauregard to General Whiting on the day of the battle read as follows:
Headquarters, Department, May 16th, 1864:11.30 P. M. Major-General Whiting:
Your despatch of 7.30 P. M. (sent by the guide Archer), replying to mine of 4.15 P. M., is received.
I rely and insist that you shall effect a junction with my right to-morrow morning, as indicated in my despatch of 6.45 P. M., herewith repeated in duplicate. G. T. Beauregard.
The foregoing despatch had been sent to General Whiting upon receipt of the following telegram:
General Beauregard, Drury's Bluff:
I am here for the night near