became very much irritated against the energetic Colonel Lee
, and, without consulting or informing the general of either army, superseded him, as he had lately done Captain Fowle
, for a similar reason, appointing another Chief Commissary
, namely, Major William B. Blair
With regard to this all-important question of provisioning the army and supplying it with transportation, we put before the reader the following letters, which speak for themselves, and show General Beauregard
's sagacity and intense anxiety upon these points.
They also hold up to public view the appalling mismanagement of all army affairs at Richmond
, in relation to the Quartermaster
and Commissary Departments.
On the 29th of July, no satisfactory change having resulted from the foregoing communication to the President
, General Beauregard
wrote the following letter to Colonels Wm. P. Miles
and James Chestnut
, both members of the Confederate Congress, at that time, and both of whom had acted as his volunteer aids in South Carolina
and in Virginia