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[408] answers to them were given at the end of the preceding chapter. Nothing more, therefore, need be said about them here.

General Bragg informed General Beauregard of the President's last order to him. He telegraphed as follows:

Tupelo, June 21st, 1862.
General G. T. Beauregard:
I have a despatch, from the President direct, to relieve you permanently in command of this department. I envy you, and am almost in despair.

This was the first intimation General Beauregard received of the arbitrary decree throwing him out of service. He felt it keenly, as it was natural that he should. He knew he had done nothing to merit such treatment, but understood the implied disgrace intended by the President. The consciousness of his worth, however, and his devotion to the cause, lent him a dignity and forbearance deserving of high praise. His answer to General Bragg exhibited no irritation whatever. It was a quiet, uncomplaining acquiescence in the government's action, and read thus:

I cannot congratulate you, but am happy for the change. It will take me some time to recuperate. I will leave my Staff with you until required by me. You will find it very useful.

On the next day, the Hon. George W. Randolph, Secretary of War, confirmed General Bragg's despatch, as follows:

Richmond, June 23d, 1862.
General G. T. Beauregard, Mobile, Alabama:

General,—I enclose copies of a telegram from the President to General Bragg, and a letter which I have addressed to him.1

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

George W. Randolph, Sec. of War.

Not a word of explanation, not an expression of regret at the abrupt change, are to be found in the few lines given above. An act of greater official discourtesy could hardly have been committed. A delinquent second lieutenant could not have been more summarily dealt with.

General Beauregard made no direct answer to the Secretary of

1 The telegram has already been given in our text. The letter referred to is in the Appendix to this chapter.

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