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ived, certain of its wisdom —felt it impossible to remain passively on the defensive, while he had the opportunity of dealing a series of aggressive blows on the enemy, likely to produce decisive results favorable to the Confederate States. He therefore enlarged his plan of campaign, basing it partly upon the increased strength of our army, and sent another of his aids, Colonel James R. Chestnut, to present and explain it to the President. A memorandum, written by General (then Colonel) Samuel Jones, under General Beauregard's dictation, and containing the substance of all the instructions given to Colonel Chestnut, had been handed to the latter, to assist his memory, and prevent any misconception as to the main features of the projected campaign. It is well for the truth of history, that these precautionary measures were taken at that time; for, as will be seen further on in this work, Mr. Davis, who claims, even now, that the great question of uniting the two armies was decided
given in full in Chapter VIII. 2d. Abstract of my report, containing only the strategic portion of it. The abstract alluded to is the first part of the Manassas Report, to be found in Appendix to Chapter IX. 3d. Letter of Brigadier-General Sam. Jones, giving his recollection of the memorandum dictated to him by me, at about 11 o'clock P. M., on the 13th of July last, for the use of Colonel James Chestnut, one of my volunteer aids. The memorandum was never returned to me, and I keporandum was never returned to me, and I kept no copy of it. Brigadier-General Sam. Jones's letter appears in full in Appendix to Chapter VIII. 4th. Nine telegrams received or sent by me, from the 15th to the 19th July, 1861. Most of the telegrams referred to are given in Chapter VIII. One of them appears in full in this Chapter. I remain, Sir, respectfully, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, General Comdg. To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.
el James Chestnut of South Carolina, one of General Beauregard's aids. This officer carried with him a written memorandum dictated by General Beauregard to Colonel Sam. Jones, on the evening of the 13th of July, containing all the main features of the military operations, acknowledged to be brilliant and comprehensive, but, unfortunately, opposed at Richmond, and no less unfortunately rejected. See, in Appendix to Chapter VIII., letter of General (then Colonel) Sam. Jones, about written memorandum given to Colonel Chestnut by General Beauregard. Mr. Davis, after showing great incredulity as to having ever entertained such a plan—one of the most impe more strange, inasmuch as he was then in possession, not only of Colonel Chestnut's report, sent him by General Beauregard at his own request, but also of General Sam. Jones's letter, which bore witness that the plan referred to in the report of the battle of Manassas was substantially the same as the one proposed by him through
lans, that he had even resolved, should it be longer persevered in, to tender his resignation. By telegram of the 9th, received on the 11th, he was notified that the following officers were nominated for his command: J. L. Bowen, as major-general; J. M. Hawes, J. E. Slaughter, and S. M. Walker, as brigadiers; Hawes for the cavalry. He was also notified that Ransom was appointed a brigadier, but must be sent to North Carolina, as his presence there was of the first importance; and that Samuel Jones had been promoted to be majorgen-eral, but could not be spared from Mobile. We must here state that Bowen was not confirmed as major-general, and did not report; nor did Hawes, until about a month later, and just before the battle of Shiloh. General Beauregard at once replied that he had called for ten generals, as absolutely indispensable to the efficiency of his forces; that out of the four granted him, two only were present for duty; and that, as the enemy was already engaged with his
or his men. General Villepigue had asked for reinforcements as soon as he no longer doubted the truth of the report of the fall of Island No. 10; but, though expecting troops from Memphis, he had not been apprised of the name or rank of the officer who was to accompany them. He soon learned, however, that General Rust ranked him, and wrote for instructions to army headquarters. General Beauregard authorized him to retain the immediate command of the Works until the arrival of Major-General Samuel Jones, spoken of as the next commander of the fort, but who never came, his services being required at Mobile. On the 24th, the whole of General Rust's command—less one regiment left at Randolph—was ordered to Corinth via Memphis. The object was to counteract, as much as possible, by additional forces, whatever movement was planned by the enemy, in consequence of the withdrawal of General Pope's forces from the Mississippi River. A few days before, General Beauregard being of opinio
by the following telegrams: 1. Corinth, April 18th, 1862. Major-General M. Lovell, New Orleans, La.: Have seen Lieutenant Brown. Have ordered a work at Vicksburg. Please hold ready to send there sand-bags, guns, carriages, platforms, etc., when called for by Chief-Engineer, Captain D. B. Harris. Have you constructed traverses and blindages at your forts? G. T. Beauregard. 2. Corinth, April 23d, 1862. General S. Cooper, Adjutant-General, Richmond, Va.: Services of General Sam. Jones are absolutely required here as soon as practicable. Having obtained guns for Vicksburg, am going to fortify it. But require engineers. I recommend John M. Reid, Louisiana, as captain, and J. H. Reid, Louisiana, as lieutenant. Am well acquainted with them, they having worked many years under my orders. G. T. Beauregard. 3. Corinth, April 24th, 1862. Major-General M. Lovell, New Orleans, La.: Two 10-inch and four rifled guns are under orders to you from Mobile. Do you want t
, Winchester, Va. Appendix to Chapter VIII. General Sam. Jones's statement concerning strategic portion of General of the then impending battle. Very faithfully yours, Sam. Jones, Brig.-Genl. Genl. G. T. Beauregard, C. S. A. lle, Va., Nov. 9th, 1861. The above statement of General Sam. Jones agrees perfectly well with my recollections of the mermaster. Surgeon T. H. Williams, Medical Director. Col. Samuel Jones, C. S. A., Chief of Artillery and Ordnance. Voluntministration of my Chief of Artillery and Ordnance, Colonel Samuel Jones. At one time, when reports of evil omen and dis no one here to recommend. Bragg recommends Ruggles and Sam. Jones for major-generals; Colonels Slaughter, Villepigue, and Brig.-Genl. J. B. Villepigue, Comdg. Fort Pillow: General Sam. Jones will take command at Fort Pillow. Meantime retain irks. General Rust will encamp his troops near by until General Jones shall arrive. G. T. Beauregard, Genl. Comdg. Telegr