thousand exclusive of militia.”
I replied on the 1st of June: “The Secretary of War
is greatly mistaken in his numbers.
By their own returns, the troops at my disposal available against Grant
are: of Pemberton
's, nine thousand seven hundred; of Bragg
's, eight thousand four hundred; of Beauregard
's, six thousand; not including irregular cavalry, nor Jackson
(cavalry), the strength of which I do not know....”
In a telegram to Mr. Seddon
(Secretary of War
), dated June 2d, I said: “Your letter of the 25th, and a telegram from the President
, show that you are misinformed as to the force at my disposal.
The effective force, infantry and artillery, is, from Lieutenant-General Pemberton
, nine thousand eight hundred and thirty-one; from General Bragg
, seven thousand nine hundred and thirty-nine; from General Beauregard
, six thousand two hundred and eighty-three. Brigadier-General Jackson
's cavalry not arrived, and irregular troops protecting Northern and Southern frontiers, not included.
is receiving continual accessions.
Tell me if it is your intention to make up the number you gave the President
as my force, or if I may expect more troops.
With the present force we cannot succeed, without great blunders by the enemy.”
In a telegram of the 3d, Mr. Seddon
explained his estimate of my force; asked what his mistake was; expressed great anxiety concerning my “plans,” and desired me to inform him of them as far as I