376 Southern Historical Society Papers.
HARDEE S TRANSFER.
General Hood, in substance, represents for that is the meaning and effect of the context (pages 249-254-255) that these charges and imputations (of many of which his subsequent official report, as we have seen, gave no intimation) were brought to the attention of the President, who was invited to visit the army for the purpose of pass- ing upon them ; and that the President came, heard and rendered judgment, and that, thereupon, General Hardee, as upon a convic- tion, was removed from command.
Perhaps a sufficient comment upon this is the fact that General Hardee was promoted to the command of the " Military Depart- ment of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida," then constituting one of the four chief commands in the service, and which had been previously commanded by General Beauregard, who was now simultaneously assigned to a military department which included General Hood's army. And as pertinent to the conclusion and judgment which President Davis may have arrived at in the prem- ises, I might quote his language, in a public address at Augusta, Georgia, a few days later, when Generals Beauregard and Hardee were present en route to their respective new commands.
The following is an extract from his address as reported in the daily press of the city, a copy of which I have chanced to preserve :
" Two of these gentlemen, who crossed this floor with me, you have cheered, and you have cheered them because you respect those who have freely ventured their lives in your defence. One is Georgia's own son the hero of many hard-fought fields your own good and true Hardee [cheers] . . . ; the other, Beau-
regard [cheers], goes to share the toils, the fortunes, the misfor- tunes, if it be so, of the army in. Georgia."
But I have the statement of President Davis, showing the occa- sion of his visit to the army, and the real reasons for General Har- dee's assignment to a different command. It is as follows :
BEAUVOIR, HARRISON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI,
29th February, 1880. Colonel T. B. ROY, Selma, Alabama :
Dear Sir Yours of the 26th instant has been this day re- ceived, and I will make such reply to your inquiries as is possible from memory and the remnant of correspondence in my possession. It is extremely painful to me that any question should have arisen involving the character and conduct of one so highly es-