September, and remained there two days, at General Beauregard
In the conferences which followed between him and Generals Johnston
, and Smith
, he objected to the organization of the army into corps and divisions, and to the appointment of major-generals, as suggested; but yielded so far as to consent to the formation of divisions and the appointment of two division-generals (Van Dorn
) to the Army of the Potomac,1
and two others (G. W. Smith
) to the Army of the Shenandoah.2
This matter, which we may call a compromise, being thus settled, the plan of invading Maryland
was earnestly supported by the three senior generals
. Mr. Davis
, however, would not agree to it. He declared that he could draw no troops from the points named, and that there were no arms in the country for new levies, if raised.
This last objection, it is proper here to say, was not an insuperable one.
The President should have remembered that if the Confederacy
was thus deficient in armament it was because he had refused to avail himself of the offer by which, as early as May, 1861,3
all the arms and equipments needed for our armies could have been procured.
But why should not arms have been imported, even at that time (October, 1861), when no Federal blockading squadron could have interfered with any of our plans to that effect?
It is an historical fact that the blockade, though officially proclaimed in May, was only partially effectual twelve months afterwards.
Was it that the President
thought it too late then to make the effort?
He should have known that the plan of campaign submitted to him could not be put into immediate execution; that the massing of the additional troops required to carry it out—some of which were to be drawn from great distances—would necessarily consume some time.
The least display of energy on the part of the administration, the sending of an order by telegraph to the house of John Frazer
& Co., of Charleston
, would have been more than sufficient to secure for the government all the arms it required for the new levies spoken of, which, though not directly needed for the forward movement