The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 270
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270 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
these tierces had the stamp of approval of the meat inspection
board, however, again brings up the question "how effective
were Kirby Smith's staff officers?" Certainly there was inefficiency
in the supervising of the beef packing project.
Major Thomas' last letter to Major Reid, discussing the pro-
moting and relieving of Hill and Callaway, indicates that con-
siderable petty political activity and undermining of rivals' posi-
tions were occurring in the commissary services of the Confed-
erate Southwest. Such conditions frequently develop between
members of military staffs and they serve to hamstring the efforts
of the officers involved. Yet petty jealousies and personality clashes
could not be entirely suppressed for the good of the war effort.
In the beef packing experiment, Kirby Smith's commissary
officers deserve credit for laying a good plan. But, in their
bungling efforts to put such a plan into operation, they must be
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