ence of Charleston against the powerful fleet that so long assailed that city.
But we may be permitted to assert, without much fear of contradiction, that it was a marvellous display of engineering skill.
The incessant labors which such a masterly defence required did not prevent General Beauregard from turning his attention to the military operations conducted by his companions in arms in other parts of the Confederacy.
For instance, he suggested to General J. E. Johnston, then at Jackson, Mississippi, that by concentrating his own and other forces not actively engaged at the time, he could inaugurate a vigorous and successful campaign into Tennessee and Kentucky.
On the 15th of May, 1863, he drew a plan of operations which he communicated to General J. E. Johnston, saying: These views, if they coincide with yours might be, if not already done, submitted to the War Department.
That plan was extremely brilliant—almost dazzling.
It consisted, as recommended on previous occasions