pieces or captured in battle, the loss would fall too heavily on a single State; and in this Mr. Davis
seemed to agree, as that form of organization was not further urged.
also wrote strongly, assuring General Beauregard
that the Acting Secretary of War
had intended no offense, asking him to overlook the language of the technical lawyer, and stating his conviction of the latter's regard and admiration for the General
; though, meanwhile, Mr. Benjamin
, certain of impunity, was writing, upon other matters, letters of like impropriety, under cover of the forms of conventional courtesy.
's attention was now drawn to a controversy, raised in the press, about that portion of a published synopsis of his Manassas
report which revealed to the public his plan of campaign, as proposed to the President
through Colonel Chestnut
, for the occupation of Maryland
and the capture of Washington
which had been, at that time, the 14th of July, 1861, discarded by Mr. Davis
and pronounced impracticable.
This publication, and the discussion arising from it, were subjects of much concern to General Beauregard
, who, deploring all division among our leaders, refused to take any part whatever in the controversy.
Finally, however, but only with a view to allay public feeling, he wrote to the Richmond Whig
a letter, which called forth the warm praise of his numerous friends, who were anxious, as he was himself, that the cause of public defence should not be embarrassed by personal contests.
We deem it proper to lay this whole letter before the reader.