answers to them were given at the end of the preceding chapter.
Nothing more, therefore, need be said about them here.
informed General Beauregard
of the President
's last order to him. He telegraphed as follows:
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:
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.
made no direct answer to the Secretary