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3. Captain R. T. Beauregard, of Louisiana, Acting A. D. C.

4. Cadet H. T. Beauregard, of Louisiana, Acting A. D. C.

5. Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. Rice, of South Carolina, Volunteer A. D. C.

6. Lieutenant-Colonel S. B. Paul, of Virginia, Volunteer A. D. C.

General Staff.

1. Colonel George W. Brent, of Virginia, A. A. G.

2. Lieutenant-Colonel John M. Otey, of Virginia, A. A. G.

3. Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Roman, of Louisiana, A. A. and I. G.

4. Major Henry Bryan, of Georgia, A. A. and I. G.

5. Major James Eustis, of Louisiana, A. A. and I. G.

6. Captain Albert Ferry, of Louisiana, A. A. and I. G.

7. Lieutenant-Colonel J. R. Waddy, of Virginia, Chief Ordnance Officer.

8. Surgeon R. L. Brodie, of South Carolina, Medical Director.

9. Surgeon Samuel Choppin, of Louisiana, Medical Inspector.

During the war General Beauregard had exerted himself to the utmost to have additional rank given to staff-officers who, in his opinion, were worthy of promotion. He thought that a full general should be entitled, in war, to four aides-de-camp—a colonel, a lieutenant-colonel, a major, and a captain. Instead of which two aids only, with the rank of lieutenant, had been allowed a full general, according to law. During the winter of 1864-1865 Congress, however, at last passed a bill giving three aids, with the rank of major, to every full general. But the law, as was well known, was never enforced by the War Department. Fearing lest the Confederacy should die without doing at least partial justice to that faithful and self-sacrificing class of officers, General Beauregard addressed the following telegram to Adjutant-General Cooper, who at that date was still at Charlotte:

Greensboroa, N. C., April 28th, 1865:7.30 A. M.
Before leaving here the Secretary of War promised to have General Johnston's aids and mine commissioned majors, according to law. Has it been done? It is highly desirable it should be done before disbanding troops. I am glad to hear of Lieutenant-Colonel Riley's promotion.

General Cooper's answer was forwarded and duly received the same day. It ran thus:

Charlotte, April 28th, 1865.
General G. T. Beauregard:
The Secretary of War and myself strongly recommended to the President the promotion of yours and General Johnston's aides-de-camp; and though the matter was considered by him, the order for their promotion was not given. He has left, and I am powerless to effect your wishes. It would give me pleasure if I could.

S. Cooper, A. and I. G.

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