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rdnance of the First Corps, in the place of Captain E. P. Alexander, whose services had been transferred to General Johnston, on account of his needs as General-in-Chief, General Beauregard received from a subordinate in the War Department A. T. Bledsoe, Assistant Secretary of War. the brief reply that the President did not approve the division of the army into two corps, and preferred that there should be but one Chief of Ordnance to the Army of the Potomac. General Beauregard was more t of General Johnston's forces proper. That the War Department, as we have already alleged, was fully cognizant of this fact, is further shown by the very letter informing General Beauregard of the President's disapproval of such a division. A. T. Bledsoe, Chief Bureau of War—as he signs himself in that letter dated War Department, Richmond, October 8th, 1861—says: The letter of Captain E. P. Alexander, recommending T. B. Ferguson for the post of Chief of Ordnance for the First Corps of the A