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, Department of Va., camp Pickens, June 12th, 1861.
To His Excellency President Davis:
Sir,—The bearer, Lieutenant-Colonel Sam Jones of the Provisional Army of Virginia, a member of my general staff, has been instructed by me to lay before youns.
Otherwise, we will be assailed in detail by superior forces, and will be cut off, or destroyed entirely.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jones will present my views more in detail to your Excellency. G. T. Beauregard, Brig-Gen. Comdg.
The President made the following reply:
Richmond, Va., June 13th, 1861.
My dear General,—Colonel Jones delivered to me your letter of the 12th instant, and, as suggested by you, I conversed with him of the matter to which it related.
Your informatstrong and offered good cover to his men. The intermediate fords, McLean's and Blackburn's, were at that time occupied by Jones's and Longstreet's brigades.
Early's brigade, which had been watching the fords of the Occoquan and the approaches on th