The recent publication, in this paper, of a synopsis of Gen. Beauregard
's report of the battle of Manassas
, occasioned some discussion through the columns of a contemporary journal, in which we had no inclination to interfere.
The subjoined card, published in the Weig,
of yesterday, is worthy of attentive persal Surely it ought to put a stop to all controversy in regard to the special subject referred to:
Centreville, Va.,(within bearing of the enemy's guns,)
November 3, 1861.
To the Editors of the Whig: Gentlemen
--My attention has just been catted to an unfortunate controversy now going on relative to the publication of the synopsis of my report of the battle of Manassas
None can regret more than I do this publication, which was made without my knowledge or authority.
The President is the sole judge of when, and what parts of, the report of a commanding officer should be made public.
I, individually, do not object to delaying its publication as long as the War Department shall think it proper and necessary for the success of our cause.
I entreat my friends not to trouble themselves about refuting the slanders and calumnies aimed at me. Alcibiades
, on a certain occasion, resorted to an extraordluzey method to occupy the minds of his traducers; let, then, that synopsis answer the same purpose for me in this instance.
If certain minds cannot understand the difference between patriotism,
the his hest civic virtue, and office seeking,
the lowest civic occupation, I pity them from the bottom of my heart Suffice it to say, that I prefer the respect and esteem of my countrymen, to the admiration and envy of the world.
I hope, for the sake of our cause and country, to be safe, with the assistance of a kind Providence
, to answer my calumniators with new petories over our national enemies; but I have nothing to ask of the country, the Government
, or my friends, except to afford me all the aid they can, in the great struggle we are now engaged upon.
I am not, and never expect or desire to be, a candidate for any civil offices in the gift of the people or the Executive
of my ambition, after having cast my mite in defence of our sacred chose, and assisted, to the best of my ability, in securing our rights and independence as a nation, is to retire into private life — my means then permitting — never again to leave my home, unless to fight anew the battles of my country.