sounds and what echoes move most the hearts of those ‘who wore the gray,’ if one name—Beauregard's—is not the name they will one and all couple with that great victory.
A retrospective glance over the preceding chapters will convince the reader that President Davis
had nothing whatever to do with the plan according to which was effected the concentration of our forces at Manassas
's letter to him, written as early as June 12th, and the President
's answer, are in existence to testify that General Beauregard
, ten days after assuming command at Manassas
, and as soon as he had familiarized himself with our own and the enemy's positions, began urging concentration upon the Confederate government, in which he was steadily opposed by Mr. Davis
Failing in this, General Beauregard
asked for a junction of General Holmes
's forces with his own, showing—General Holmes
agreeing—the uselessness of that command in the position it then occupied.
This, too, was refused.
Grieved, though not discouraged, at his want of success in securing compliance with suggestions which he knew were not only wise but of the utmost importance, General Beauregard
did all he could to prepare himself for the imminent conflict approaching.
On the 8th of July he wrote to Senator Wigfall
the letter already placed before the reader (Chapter VII.), wherein is depicted the critical strait he was in, owing to slowness, want of forethought, and general inefficiency in the management of military affairs at the seat of government.
With fifteen thousand men of all arms, he was threatened and would soon be attacked by forty thousand of the enemy's forces.
He was determined to give battle, however, no matter what odds there might be against him; for the Federal
advance must be checked even at the heaviest cost.
He was evidently anxious that the President
should be approached on the subject, so as to put a stop, at once, to the improvidence spoken of.
On the next day he forwarded the following telegram:
He did not write on that day, but did so on the 11th of July,