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Chapter 14: General Johnston's correspondence. After the battle of Manassas the Confederate army settled down in camp at and around Centreville. Although after combining the armies of Generals Johnston and Beauregard at Manassas the command of the whole would unquestionably devolve upon General Johnston, matters did not apparently run smoothly between the two generals, and conflicts of authority occurred, as will appear by the following letters and telegrams. Published for the first time. In fact, General Johnston brooked no interference with his command, even by his superiors in the government at Richmond. On July 24, 1861, General J. E. Johnston wrote to General Cooper, the Adjutant-General, as follows: General: Lieutenant-Colonel Maury reported to me this morning as A. A. G., being assigned to that place by General Lee. I had already selected Major Rhett for the position in question, who had entered upon its duties, and can admit the power of no officer
Chapter 14: General Johnston's correspondence. After the battle of Manassas the Confederate ar
Although after combining the armies of Generals Johnston and Beauregard at Manassas the command o e whole would unquestionably devolve upon General Johnston, matters did not apparently run smoothly August 1, 1861, President Davis wrote to General Johnston at Manassas as follows:
We are anxio of the foregoing letter of the President, General Johnston addressed him as follows:
headquarters, body returning the thanks of Congress to General Johnston, to General Beauregard, and to the office ced the irritation (if nothing more) that General Johnston mentions.
That it did not interfere, how served in their later correspondence.
General Johnston's remark that the President's irritation r heard him utter a word in derogation of General Johnston, though he often differed from him in his n connection with the foregoing letter of General Johnston, it may be as well to give here the roste [7 more...]