Halleck's misrepresentations — Beauregard's Reply.We copy from the Mobile Evening News the communication of Gen. Beauregard. to which brief allusion has been made through the medium of the telegraph. It will be seen that the opinion heretofore expressed with regard to the falsity of Gen. Haileck's dispatches, is fully sustained by this straight-forward statement:
Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War:
Gen. Pope did not ‘"push hard"’ upon me with 40,000 men, thirty miles from Corinth, on the 4th inst., for my troops occupied a defensive line in rear of ‘"Twenty Mile Creek,"’ less than 25 miles from Corinth, until the 8th inst., when the want of good water induced me to retire at my leisure to a better position; moreover, if Gen. Pope had attempted, at any time during the retreat from Corinth, to push hard upon me, I would have given him such a lesson as would have cheeked his ardor; but he was careful to advance on after my troops had retired from each successive position. The retreat was conducted with great order and precision, doing much credit to the officers and men under my orders, and must be looked upon in every respect by the country as equivalent to a brilliant victory. Gen. Pope must certainly have dreamed of having taking 10,000 prisoners and 15,000 stand of arms! for we positively never lost them; about one or two hundred stragglers would probably cover, all the prisoners he took, and about five hundred damaged muskets all the arms he got; these belonged to a convalescent camp (four miles south of Corinth) evacuated during the night, and were overlooked on account of the darkness. The actual number of prisoners taken during the retreat was about equal on both sides, and they were but few. Major General Halleck must be a very credulous man indeed to believe the absurd story of ‘"that farmer,"’ He ought to know that the burning of two or more cars on a railroad is not sufficient to make ‘"Beauregard frantic"’ and ridiculous! especially when I expected every moment to hear of the capture of his marauding party, whose departure from Farmington had been communicated to me the day before, and I had given in consequence all necessary orders; but a part of my forces passed Booneville an hour before the arrival of Col. Elliott's command, and the other part arrived just in time to drive it away and liberate the convalescents captured; unfortunately, however, not in time to save four of the sickle, who were barbarously consumed in the station-house! Let Col. Elliott's name descend to infamy as the author of such a revolting deed. Gen. Halleck did not capture nins locomotives. It was only by the accidental destruction of a bridge before some trains had passed that he got seven engines in a damaged condition, the cars having been burst by my orders. It is indeed lamentable to see how little our enemies respect truth and justice when speaking of their military operations, especially when, through inability or over-confidence, they meet with deserved failure. If the result be ‘"all he desired,"’ it can be said he is easily satisfied; it remains to be seen whether his Government and people will be of the like opinion. I attest that all we lost at Corinth and during the retreat would not amount to one day's expenses of his army. Respectfully, your ob't serv't, G. T. Beauregard.