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sidered a friend, and took Moseley to task for yielding to "an unjust clamor"
and deciding against Bee, even though Moseley could not have known the
whole story from his position in line. He would testify to Moseley's gallantry
and efficiency as an officer, he said, because it was his duty, "and personal
considerations cannot induce me to withhold justice from others, although
it may have been denied to me.""
No matter how much sympathy or endorsement he received from his
friends, Bee still could not get his old command back. From exile he wrote
to Kirby Smith requesting reassignment, but none was forthcoming. General
Walker censured him for his conduct at Mansfield, as previously stated, and
this disapprobation seems to have squashed any chance for active command
In that month Kirby Smith suggested Bee as leader of a brigade under
the control of Samuel Maxey, an old friend of Bee's, commanding in Indian
Territory. Bee was subsequently assigned to that command. He spent the
remainder of the war stationed in Texas still somewhat under a cloud.69
Since operations of any importance in the Department ceased, he could do
little to redeem his name, and this frustration hurt him deeply. In the after-
math of war, however, it appears that defeat healed most of the wounds
inflicted by criticism. The Lost Cause embraced all its defenders as unsul-
lied, gallant heroes.
67Bee to Moseley, April 2o, 1865, Hamilton P. Bee Papers (Archives, University of
Texas Library, Austin).
68Boggs to Walker, August 12, 1864, O.R.A., XLI, pt. 2, p. Io63; Walker to Boggs,
August 15, 1864, ibid., 1o66-1o67.
69Maxey to Kirby Smith, December 2, 1864, ibid., LIII, Io2g; Meiners, "Bee," 189-
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