from his army—yet the facts elicited were naturally construed, at the time, as indicative of a truculent spirit animating a large number of his troops, and produced the deepest indignation among the people of the surrounding country.
This proclamation (others similar to which, in substance, were afterwards issued by several Confederate officers, including General Lee
) was drawn up by the gentleman referred to, and, after some slight modifications by the members of the commission, through Colonel Preston
, was signed and published by General Beauregard
in his name, as commander of the army.
It became known and was criticised in the Northern
papers as the ‘Beauty and Booty Proclamation’—words which were found by the commission, upon the evidence given, to have been loudly used by the marauding troops whose acts of violence were so indignantly denounced.
Our readers no doubt remember that these identical words, accompanying like conduct, on the part of the British
troops at New Orleans, in the war of 1812, provoked vehement reprobation throughout the country.
However true it might be to say that such a proclamation would have better fitted many subsequent phases of the war, yet, with charges so fully substantiated before the commission appointed by General Beauregard
, no one can deny that the measures adopted and the language used in relation thereto were justifiable and imperatively necessary.
Besides being badly armed and suffering from the irregularity and inefficiency of the Quartermaster
's and Commissary
's Departments, the troops were also deficient in accoutrements, particularly in cartridges and cartridge-boxes, and were lacking in proper camp equipments.
Alarmed at the delay in adequately supplying his forces with ammunition, General Beauregard
proposed to the government to establish a cartridge factory at Manassas
, if certain necessary appliances were furnished him; which was not done.
His letter to that effect, dated Manassas Junction
, June 23d, contained the following passage: