were taken at that time; for, as will be seen further on in this work, Mr. Davis
, who claims, even now, ‘that the great question of uniting the two armies was decided at Richmond
(which seems to mean ‘decided at Richmond
’ by Mr. Davis
), subsequently denied that any such plan had ever been presented to him, and that his alleged refusal to approve it could, in no manner or form, have thwarted General Beauregard
's efforts at concentration.
's anxiety was intense while awaiting the return of his messengers.
He knew that each moment was of vital importance, and that the fate of our cause hung in the balance.
First came telegrams from Colonels Preston
, stating that the communication was before the President
, who was giving it his careful consideration.2
On the 16th of July, Colonel Chestnut
, upon his return, presented his official report, containing a detailed account of his mission.
So great has become the historical value of this paper, that we present it in full to the reader: