ly anxious that the President should be approached on the subject, so as to put a stop, at once, to the improvidence spoken of.
On the next day he forwarded the following telegram:
Manassas, July 9th, 1861. President Davis:
Enemy's force increasing and advancing daily this side of Potomac.
He will soon attack with very superior numbers.
No time should be lost in reinforcing me here, with at least ten thousand men, volunteers or militia.
I write to-day. G. T. Beauregard, Brig.-Gen. Comdg.
He did not write on that day, but did so on the 11th of July, setting forth the disparity of numbers between his forces and those of the enemy, and alluding to the apprehension of his left flank being turned and his communication with Richmond eventually destroyed.
In view of the odds against; me—he wrote in that letter—and of the vital importance, at this juncture, of avoiding the hazard of defeat, which would open to the enemy the way to Richmond, I shall act with extreme cauti
e sent to him as soon as it could be spared from the Army of the Mississippi.
The following order was thereupon written and immediately handed to him:
Headquarters Western Department, Tupelo, Miss., June 9th, 1862. Colonel N. B. Forrest, Comdg. Cavalry:
Colonel,—The general commanding directs that you will, with as little delay as practicable, repair to north Alabama and middle Tennessee, and assume command of the cavalry regiments in that section, commanded respectively by Colonelo Bladon Springs, on the Tombigbee River, about seventy-five miles north of Mobile, where I will remain about one week or ten days, or long enough to restore my shattered health,
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, Gen. Comdg.
General Beauregard, after a conference with General Bragg, left the latter in temporary command of the army and of the entire department, and started, not hurriedly, as Mr. Davis, in his book, indicates, but on the 17th of June, after a