cheerfully gave him what assistance he could, and took the liberty to suggest the advisability of procuring, as soon as possible, the different heads of bureaus whom the secretary needed, to relieve him of all such annoying details.
thereupon authorized Major Beauregard
to telegraph at once to several of his friends of the old service, who in his opinion might be fitted for these positions.
Thus it was that the assistance of Colonel Gorgas
, as Chief of Ordnance
, was eventually procured.
Though a Northern man by birth, Colonel Gorgas
had married in the South
, and was entirely identified in feeling and interest with that section.
He proved to be a meritorious officer, whose services were of value to the cause.
Messages were also sent to Captains G. W. Smith
and Mansfield Lovell
, then in New York, advising them to repair immediately to Montgomery
, where their presence was needed.
Owing to circumstances beyond their control, those officers did not arrive and report for duty until after the battle of Manassas
then presented himself to Mr. Davis
, who received him with great kindness, and asked him many questions as to the temper of the people and the condition of affairs, at New Orleans and Mobile
His answer was, that now that secession Was an accomplished fact on the part of Louisiana
as well as of Alabama
, their people were fast becoming unanimous as to the measure, which, at first, had been looked upon with hesitation and apprehension; that business was mostly suspended in the cities of New Orleans and Mobile
, but that everybody seemed hopeful of the future, whether we should remain permanently separated, or should re-enter the Union
with sufficient guarantees against further encroachments on our rights.
The President then asked him what knowledge he had of the defences around Charleston
, and of the best mode of taking Fort Sumter
, in the event of its being necessary to resort to force against it. He read to Major Beauregard
a letter he had just received from Governor Pickens
, of South Carolina
, describing the condition of affairs there, and asking that an officer of experience should be sent to take charge of the operations then going on, and, if necessary, to assume command of the State
troops there assembled.
The president showed him also a communication from Major W. H. C. Whiting
, an ex-officer of United States Engineers, then in the service of the State of Georgia
, who had