telegram reached General Bragg
without having first been sent to General Beauregard
, as was clearly required by all rules of propriety and of military usage.
None will deny that, at that time (14th of June), General Beauregard
was still in command of Department No. 2, and of the Confederate army encamped at Tupelo
The full text of the telegram referred to is not in our possession.
It was an order addressed to General Bragg
, and sending him to Mississippi
, to relieve General Lovell
. Mr. Davis
, in his book, gives its concluding part, as follows:
referred this communication, so irregularly forwarded, to General Beauregard
, who, immediately after reading it, telegraphed General Cooper
, in these words:
There was nothing improper or discourteous in the foregoing despatch.
No one could have interpreted it to involve disobedience of the President
That it was laconic we readily concede, but telegraphic despatches are never otherwise.
We ask the reader to examine its phraseology carefully, and say whether it could be so construed as to convey the idea that General Beauregard
was about ‘to leave, on surgeon's certificate, for four months.’
Knowing, however, that he had not sufficiently explained himself, and wishing to create no false impression as to his intentions, General Beauregard
, on the succeeding day, wrote the following letter: