Our recollections of that conference agree fully with this statement of General G. W. Smith.
Col. Scott kindly offered to send me the published volumes of the official records, and I replied by accepting the offer for the 5th volume, the four first having been sent to me by one of our members of Congress. The fifth volume has arrived, and promptly looking for the secret paper of Johnston, Beauregard and Smith, I was surprised to find at the head of the paper a date, not existing on the copy you sent me, and which was verified as a true copy by General G. T. Beauregard, his sign manual, I think, but that was not the only difference between the printed paper and the Mss. you sent me. In the latter the paper closes thus:
Centreville, Va., January 31, 1862.Our recollections of this conference agree fully with this statement of General G. W. Smith.
Signed in triplicate. Signed.
G. W. Smith, Maj.—Gen., C. S. A.
Centreville, Va., January 31, 1862.Then follows the verification, which from the word “late” has evidently been made since the war.
Signed, G. T. Beauregard, General, C. S. A.
Signed in triplicate.
J. E. Johnston, General, C. S. A.
A true copy, G T Beauregard, late General, C. S. A.