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[169] harassing a general in the field, with sensitive personal cares, at a time when his headquarters were ‘within sound of the enemy's guns.’

As soon as he could, General Beauregard replied to the President's letter respecting the Manassas report, but made it a point to take no notice whatever of its personal imputations. It was impossible, of course, to comply literally with the request for a duplicate of the copy of the plan said to have been submitted, as the plan was not written, but presented to Mr. Davis himself, through Colonel Chestnut, who carried a written memorandum of its main features, and full verbal instructions. General Beauregard's answer read as follows:

Headquarters 1ST corps army of the Potomac, Centreville, Va., Nov. 22d, 1861.
Sir,--In compliance with your request, I have the honor to enclose you herewith, at the earliest moment practicable, a copy of the following papers relating to the strategic part of my report of the battle of Manassas, to wit:

1st. Report of the Hon. James Chestnut of his visit to Richmond, July 14th, 1861, to submit to you my plan of operations for the defeat of the enemy. The original of this report has just been received from New Orleans, where it had been sent for safe-keeping, with other important papers.1

2d. Abstract of my report, containing only the strategic portion of it.2

3d. Letter of Brigadier-General Sam. Jones, giving his recollection of the memorandum dictated to him by me, at about 11 o'clock P. M., on the 13th of July last, for the use of Colonel James Chestnut, one of my volunteer aids. The memorandum was never returned to me, and I kept no copy of it.3

4th. Nine telegrams received or sent by me, from the 15th to the 19th July, 1861.4

I remain, Sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,

‘To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.


1 See Colonel Chestnut's report to General Beauregard, given in full in Chapter VIII.

2 The abstract alluded to is the first part of the Manassas Report, to be found in Appendix to Chapter IX.

3 Brigadier-General Sam. Jones's letter appears in full in Appendix to Chapter VIII.

4 Most of the telegrams referred to are given in Chapter VIII. One of them appears in full in this Chapter.

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