from his efforts at concentration should be exclusively attributed to himself, thus depriving General Johnston
of the chance of changing the tide of popular favor in his behalf, and of regaining the affection and confidence of the people and army, which he feared he had lost.
Thus was finally settled the delicate question of precedence and command between these two Confederate leaders, whose single object was, not personal advancement or glory, but the success of the cause they were engaged in. General Beauregard
now explained the situation of affairs in the Mississippi Valley
and immediately around him; urged the necessity of the earliest possible offensive movement against the enemy, and gave his views, already fully matured, as to the best plan of organizing our forces.
readily agreed to what General Beauregard
proposed, and authorized him to complete all necessary orders to that effect.
Accordingly, a few days later, General Beauregard
drew up a plan for the reorganization of the Army of the Mississippi, which, upon submission to General Johnston
, was signed by the latter, without the slightest change or alteration, and published to the troops, in a general order
, as follows: