invested by an army of fully one hundred and twenty-five thousand,1
disappeared from the front of the latter quietly, noiselessly, successfully, frustrating the plans of its adversary, carrying with it all its munitions of war, and suffering in its retreat no material loss whatever.
And yet, so little was this result appreciated by the War Department, that hardly had General Beauregard
marched his forces to Tupelo
when a despatch from Richmond
, indicative rather of censure than of commendation, was forwarded to him, requiring an immediate explanation of his movement.
It read as follows:
To this the following answer was sent:
It is proper here to state that the evacuation had not taken place without notification to the government, for a telegram of the 28th of May had been forwarded to General Cooper
, in these words:
But this was not the only information General Beauregard
had given of his movement.
On the 3d of June, from Baldwin
, he had also telegraphed to General Cooper