an those of the enemy, and the capacity which you have recently exhibited, successfully to fight with undisciplined citizens, justifies the expectation that you will know how to use such force as we are able to furnish.
Very truly yours, Jefferson Davis.
Still persisting, however, in his effort to make use of all possible resources in meeting the imminent crisis, General Beauregard, in his official and semi-official correspondence at the time, suggested that the troops under General at could be hoped for. Yours very truly, G. T. Beauregard.
The following letter, written a few days later, is also of particular interest:
Headquarters army of the Potomac, Manassas Junction, July 11th, 1861.
To His Excellency Jefferson Davis:
Sir,— I have the honor to transmit herewith the Field Return of the army under my command, from which you will perceive the effective force at my disposition is as follows: Light Artillery, 533, with 27 pieces; Cavalry, 1425; Foot A