, or any other member of General Johnston
's staff: how, then, could he have directed any one to it?
This, however, is of small importance.
Whatever may be the recollection of Governor Harris
, and even admitting its correctness, it still remains an incontrovertible fact that no one saw, or professed to have seen, General Beauregard
in his ambulance on either day of the battle; for the very simple reason that he was not near it himself, and hardly knew what had become of it.
As early as half-past 6 o'clock A. M., on the 6th, he was busily engaged issuing orders, first, to General Breckinridge
, then to General Polk
, then to General Bragg
; and at twenty minutes after nine, when the last reserves passed Headquarters No. 1
, where he had been left by General Johnston
, he again mounted his horse and followed them to the front, where he remained as long as the battle raged, devoting his whole energy to the movements of our left and centre, while General Johnston
was directing the attack on our right.
This is conclusively established by the report of General Beauregard
himself, and by those of Colonels Thompson
, Major Waddell
, and Captains Ferguson
, and Smith
, who were General Beauregard
's aids, or acting aids, at the time.1
Reverting now to what Mr. Davis
insinuates was General Beauregard
's attitude when informed of General Johnston
's death, we have only to say, that the very source whence Colonel Johnston
and Mr. Davis
seem to have derived their information—namely, Governor Harris
, in his letter of April 13th, 1880, already referred to—in nowise confirms what is said to have been his language on that occasion.
Questioned by General Beauregard
to that effect, he says:
I reported to you the death of General Johnston, when you expressed regret, inquired as to the circumstances under which he fell, and inquired also of me if the battle was going on well on the right.
I answered, it was; when you said, “We will push on the attack,” or “continue to press forward;” the exact words employed I cannot with confidence repeat; but this is the substance and meaning of what was said.
's account of the matter would lead the public to believe that General Beauregard
was indifferent as to whether the battle should continue or not; nay, more, that he would have ordered