From these advanced positions, the forces, as above enumerated, could be, at any time, concentrated for offensive or defensive purposes.
's desire was, by a bold movement, to capture the exterior lines of the enemy at Annandale
, and, should any serious force come out in support, give it battle, with the chances in favor of the Confederates
But this plan or project, General Beauregard
being second in command, had, first, to be submitted to General Johnston
, whose approval was necessary for its execution.
did not assent to it. This disagreement of opinion between the two commanding generals
, whose official intercourse had always been—and continued to be— most friendly, showed, however, that they differed widely in temperament, and belonged to essentially distinct military schools: General Beauregard
, ever in favor of the aggressive, and of subjecting an adversary's movements to his own plans-General Johnston
, ever on the defensive, and apparently awaiting the action of the enemy.
On the 13th of August General Beauregard
was officially informed, by the Hon. L. P. Walker
, Secretary of War
, of his appointment, by and with the advice and consent of Congress, as ‘General’ in the army of the Confederate States
, to take rank from July 21st, 1861.
He gratefully accepted the high distinction thus conferred upon him by the President
, who, it will be remembered, had not awaited the action of Congress to reward his services.
The reader is aware that, on the 23d of August, General Beauregard
again addressed the President1
with regard to the insufficiency of subsistence for the army at Manassas
He also urged the sanitary benefits and economy of procuring for each company a good professional cook and baker, with portable kitchens and ovens for encampments.
Out of thirty-two thousand six hundred and fifty-five men, the total of his own army at that time, only twenty-two thousand two hundred and ninety-one were fit for duty; much of the sickness being due, it was thought, to bad cooking, as well as bad water.
, at this time, also represented to the President
, through Captain E. P. Alexander
, his Chief of Artillery
and Ordnance, the great deficiency of the army in light artillery (there was but one piece to each of his thirty-five regiments). He urged