At Decatur, he voluntarily said to me, I intend to sustain Floyd and Pillow.
Their conduct was irregular, but its repetition may be avoided by a simple order.
They are both men of tried courage, and have had experience in the field.
We have too few officers possessed of these advantages, and the country needs them.
I think it my duty to sustain them, and shall do so.
How rare the man, thus goaded by abuse, who, unheeding self, would do alone as duty bid!
On the 16th of March, however, he received a letter from the Secretary of War, dated March 11th, which closed that question.
Mr. Benjamin says:
The reports of Brigadier-Generals Floyd and Pillow are unsatisfactory, and the President directs that both these generals be relieved from command until further orders.
In the mean time you will request them to add to their reports such statements as they may deem proper — on the following points.
The Secretary then propounded a number of interrogatories,
roduced, and stimulate the invader to renewed exertions.
It is a dark hour.
But God disposes.
If we deserve it, we shall triumph; if not, why should we?
But we cannot fail without more great battles; and who knows what results may be evolved by them?
Gen. Lee is hopeful; and so long as we keep the field, and he commands, the foe must bleed for every acre of soil they gain.
Another cold, disagreeable day. March so far has been as cold and terrible as a winter month.
Gen. Hill is moving toward Newbern, N. C., and may attack the enemy there.
The weather continues dreadful-sleeting; and movements of armies must perforce be stayed.
But the season of slaughter is approaching.
There was an ominous scantiness of supply in the market this morning, and the prices beyond most persons — mine among the rest.
Col. Lay got turkeys to-day from Raleigh; on Saturday partridges, by the Express Company.
On Saturday, the enem