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[178] was given, in extenso, President Davis's letter to General Beauregard (October 30th) and the answer thereto (November 22d), in reference to the report of the battle of Manassas. ‘No such plan as that described,’ said the President, in the letter we refer to, ‘was submitted to me.’ Here the denial is absolute. Mr. Davis, at that time, was evidently ignorant of the fact that Colonel Chestnut had reduced to writing all that had occurred during that important conference.

In the endorsement now occupying our attention the President no longer denies, but, in his attempt to palliate his error, insinuates his doubts, and apparently—though not quite consistently— fails to remember. This is all the more strange, inasmuch as he was then in possession, not only of Colonel Chestnut's report, sent him by General Beauregard at his own request, but also of General Sam. Jones's letter, which bore witness that the plan referred to in the report of the battle of Manassas was ‘substantially the same’ as the one proposed by him through the medium of Colonel Chestnut.

Early in the month of June, Bonham's brigade of four South Carolina regiments had been advanced to Fairfax Court-House, and Ewell's brigade posted in front of Bull Run, at Union Mills Ford; all of which had been duly announced, and was well known to the Confederate War Department, as the correspondence of the period will show. This, however, is not at all material to the issue made by Mr. Davis's endorsement with reference to General Beauregard's plan of concentration and aggression, communicated to him through Colonel Chestnut. We mention it here, that our silence may not be construed as an acquiescence in Mr. Davis's assertion ‘that it was not known that the army had advanced beyond the line of Bull Run.’ The entire army had not, but two of its brigades had; and General Beauregard is certainly not responsible for Mr. Davis's ignorance of the fact.

We positively assert—and history bears us out—that the ‘junction’ referred to in the endorsement was only effected because General Beauregard, on the 19th of July, after checking Mc-Dowell's advance at the engagement of Bull Run, refused to withdraw the call made upon General Johnston, so that the latter ‘might be left to his full discretion.’1 I Had General Beauregard

1 See, in Appendix to Chapter VIII., General Cooper's telegram to General Beauregard, to that effect.

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