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small force as was at his disposal. These facts and observations he at once reported to the President, as may be seen by the following letter: Department of Alexandria, Va., Provisional A. C. S., June 3d, 1861. To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.: Dear Sir,—I arrived here on the 1st at 2 P. M., and immediately examined the site of this encampment and the plans of its proposed defences. The former is in an open country, traversed by good roads in every dirf the United States army, was entitled to the position of Commissary-General of the Confederate States army. With such facts before us, and others that we shall have occasion to notice further on, the following eulogy of Colonel Northrop, by Mr. Davis, seems unwarranted and altogether out of place: To the able officer then at the head of the Commissariat Department, Colonel L. B. Northrop, much credit is due for his well-directed efforts to provide both for immediate and prospective wants.
Chapter 7: Position of troops in Northern Virginia. General Beauregard advocates concentration, June 12th. letter to that effect to President Davis. answer declining. General Beauregard suggests a junction with General Holmes. again refused. division of General Beauregard's forces into brigades, 20th June. begins forward movement. instructions to brigade commanders. reconnoissances made at the end of June. McDowell's strength. General Beauregard's anxieties. his letter to Senator Wigfall. Submits another plan of operations to the President, July 11th.> The Confederate troops in northern Virginia, east of the grand chain of the Alleghanies, now formed a series of detached commands, stretching from northwest to southeast respectively, under General Joseph E. Johnston, at Harper's Ferry, General Beauregard, at Manassas, and General Holmes, at Aquia Creek; each outnumbered by confronting forces, excepting General Holmes's command, whose position on the lower P
el Chestnut's report to General Beauregard, given in full in Chapter VIII. 2d. Abstract of my report, containing only the strategic portion of it. The abstract alluded to is the first part of the Manassas Report, to be found in Appendix to Chapter IX. 3d. Letter of Brigadier-General Sam. Jones, giving his recollection of the memorandum dictated to him by me, at about 11 o'clock P. M., on the 13th of July last, for the use of Colonel James Chestnut, one of my volunteer aids. The memorandum was never returned to me, and I kept no copy of it. Brigadier-General Sam. Jones's letter appears in full in Appendix to Chapter VIII. 4th. Nine telegrams received or sent by me, from the 15th to the 19th July, 1861. Most of the telegrams referred to are given in Chapter VIII. One of them appears in full in this Chapter. I remain, Sir, respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, General Comdg. To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.
Beauregard's views on the subject. Besides Mr. Davis and Colonel Chestnut, Generals Lee and Coopemitted to me. Here the denial is absolute. Mr. Davis, at that time, was evidently ignorant of the Beauregard is certainly not responsible for Mr. Davis's ignorance of the fact. We positively aseved, in spite of—not owing to—the action of Mr. Davis or of the War Department. The reasons why reports of both the commanding generals, as Mr. Davis has it, but also in General Beauregard's rep therefore, superfluous to deal further with Mr. Davis's futile attempt to prove that a written comand men, and not at twenty-five thousand, as Mr. Davis has it. As to General Patterson, his army, ad, or turned and cut off from Washington. Mr. Davis's endorsement goes on as follows: 2. It to the Garnett disaster is characteristic of Mr. Davis as a polemist, and we chiefly touch upon it military method throughout the war. Says Mr. Davis, in his endorsement: 4. It could not be [27 more...]<
ese facts to your Excellency's attention, as they are going to play a very important part in our battles with the enemy. I remain, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, Brig.-Genl. Comdg. To his Excellency President Jeff. Davis, Richmond, Va. Headquarters Department of Alexandria, camp Pickens, June 2d, 1861. Colonel,—I enclose a brief note just received from Lieutenant-Colonel Ewell, commanding our advanced forces at Fairfax Court-House, as ato be, Your obedient servant, E. P. Alexander, Capt. Eng., Chief Ord. and Arty. To Col. Thomas Jordan, A. A. Genl. 1st Corps. Headquarters 1ST corps army of the Potomac, Fairfax Court-House, Sept. 13th, 1861. To His Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.: Dear Sir,—I have the honor to enclose you, herewith, copy of information just received from Washington, through a very good private channel, and which, no doubt, contains a great deal of truth mixed up with some
the reader to wonder at the incorrectness of Mr. Davis's narrative. The military situations beforen, reinforced by Lee, to finish Butler. Yet Mr. Davis applies to the latter phase of events the plday (May 19th). As to the balance (to use Mr. Davis's expression) of General Beauregard's forcesof Virginia. Another error on the part of Mr. Davis is noticeable in the second volume of his wo. It may be that the courier referred to by Mr. Davis was one of these; but it is not true that Geher important reasons, fully explained to President Davis in a letter which is about to be submitte our army at Drury's Bluff. The message, as Mr. Davis calls the preceding letter, may have been bothen, on that very day, and while handing to Mr. Davis a letter from General Beauregard, explaininggard's mind. It is noticeable, also, that Mr. Davis, when writing of these events, lays great stagood. As to General Ransom's report, which Mr. Davis quotes as authority in contradiction to Gene[13 more...]
. News had also been received that two corps of Grant's army, reinforced by cavalry, were advancing in North Carolina, via Weldon, with a large train of wagons; and General Beauregard was asked for troops with which to oppose the reported movement. See General Whiting's telegram, in Appendix. In a long and explicit letter to President Davis, General Beauregard thus explained the situation in General Hardee's Department: Charleston, S. C., Dec. 13th, 1864. To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.: (Confidential.) Sir,—I arrived here, on my way to Savannah, on the evening of the 7th, and remained until the following afternoon, to obtain information relative to the present condition of this Department. The Second and Third Subdistricts, embracing Charleston and its defences, were reported to me short of provisions and ammunition for a siege. I arrived at Pocotaligo during the night of the 8th, and after spending several hours in conference with G