small force as was at his disposal.
These facts and observations he at once reported to the President, as may be seen by the following letter:
Department of Alexandria, Va., Provisional A. C. S., June 3d, 1861.
To his Excellency President Jefferson Davis, Richmond, Va.:
Dear Sir,—I arrived here on the 1st at 2 P. M., and immediately examined the site of this encampment and the plans of its proposed defences.
The former is in an open country, traversed by good roads in every dirf the United States army, was entitled to the position of Commissary-General of the Confederate States army.
With such facts before us, and others that we shall have occasion to notice further on, the following eulogy of Colonel Northrop, by Mr. Davis, seems unwarranted and altogether out of place: To the able officer then at the head of the Commissariat Department, Colonel L. B. Northrop, much credit is due for his well-directed efforts to provide both for immediate and prospective wants.
on of Virginia.
Confederate troops sent to her assistance.
arrival of General Beauregard in Richmond.
he assumes command at Manassas.
position of our forces.
his proclamation and the reasons for it.
Site of camp Pickens.
his letter to President Davis.
mismanagement in Quartermaster's and Commissary's Departments.
how he could have procured transportation.
manufacture of cartridges.
secret service with Washington.>
Not until Fort Sumter had surrendered to the Souis desire for privacy—than he, wishing to avoid all public demonstration, insisted upon taking an ordinary carriage, in which, with one or two officers of his staff, he quietly drove to other quarters.
The next day, May 31st, he called on President Davis, who was in conference with General Robert E. Lee, then commanding the Virginia State forces.
General Lee had just returned from Manassas, about twenty-seven miles below Alexandria, where he had left Brigadier-General Bonham, of South Carol