bility for the extraordinary act falls solely on the general who gives the order.
The officers and agents charged with supplies are placed under the orders of the general in command of the troops, that is, they are obliged both in war and peace to obey, with the single qualification above named, of first making their observations and securing the written order of the general.
With us, to-day, the law and regulations are that, no matter what may be the emergency, the commanding general in Texas, New Mexico, and the remote frontiers, cannot draw from the arsenals a pistol-cartridge, or any sort of ordnance-stores, without first procuring an order of the Secretary of War in Washington.
The commanding general--though intrusted with the lives of his soldiers and with the safety of a frontier in a condition of chronic war — cannot touch or be trusted with ordnance-stores or property, and that is declared to be the law!
Every officer of the old army remembers how, in 1861, we were hamp