later description of the apprehension and flurry existing in the Northern
mind, concerning General Beauregard
's whereabouts, is, indeed, most singular, and shows the appreciation in which he was held by our enemies.
Many writers, in describing the traits of General Beauregard
's character, have commented upon his very retiring disposition, amounting almost to bashfulness, which forms so strong a contrast to his boldness and indomitable spirit in the field.
This was instanced upon his arrival at Richmond
, May 30th, where a large concourse of people awaited him, anxious to see and welcome the Confederate
commander who had already drawn upon himself the attention and admiration of the whole country.
A carriageand-four was in readiness at the Richmond depot
to convey him to the apartments which had been prepared for him at the Spotswood Hotel
But no sooner had he been apprised of this unexpected honor—which, though gratifying, interfered with his desire for privacy—than he, wishing to avoid all public demonstration, insisted upon taking an ordinary carriage, in which, with one or two officers of his staff, he quietly drove to other quarters.
The next day, May 31st, he called on President Davis
, who was in conference with General Robert E. Lee
, then commanding the Virginia State
had just returned from Manassas
, about twenty-seven miles below Alexandria
, where he had left Brigadier-General Bonham
, of South Carolina
, with some five thousand men of all arms.
This position had been taken at the instance of Colonel Thomas Jordan
, of the Virginia
forces, who, in a carefully written memoir on the subject, had shown the importance of at once occupying Manassas Junction
, to prevent its seizure, and the severance of communication by rail with the lower valley of Virginia
After a full interchange of views, which lasted several hours, it was determined that General Beauregard
should leave on the next morning to assume command at Manassas
, whither reinforcements would be forwarded as soon as obtained.
At first it had been intended to send him to Norfolk
, but General Lee
's report of the condition of affairs on the Alexandria
line, and the probability of an early advance of the enemy on that point, caused the President
to change his mind.
From the moment General Beauregard
had left New Orleans, until the time of his arrival in Richmond
, he had been so unremittingly