The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Six
Confederate Generals at Corinth

It is a curious fact that the Confederate government seems to have found as much fault with their commander at Corinth as we did with ours. What they expected Beauregard to accomplish is not clearly understood. With an army certainly not half so large as ours - at times, perhaps not one third so large - occupying open fieldworks in comparatively open country, he kept nearly our whole Western army at bay for six weeks and finally carried off his army and his military stores, leaving us to occupy the ruined village and deserted intrenchments. What more could have been looked for or accomplished with such inferiority of force is not easy to conceive. Certainly there was concurrence on our side in the opinion that the enemy had done more than anyone expected that they would or could do. It is probable that the Confederate president's dislike of Beauregard had much to do with his judgment of his action at Corinth.

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