The situation finally collapsed when Beauregard took medical leave and left the army without permission. Davis removed Beauregard from command and assigned the post to Braxton Bragg. Beauregard was furious at this. He was very angry at Davis, and wrote,
"If the country be satisfied to have me laid on the shelf by a man who is either demented or a traitor to his high trust - well, let it be so. As to my reputation, if it can suffer by any thing that living specimen of gall & hatred, can do-why it is not then worth preserving.... I am annoyed to death now by having everybody looking at me, wherever I go, like a wild beast."Many people later pressed Davis to give the command back to Beauregard, but he refused, saying, "If the whole world were to ask me to restore General Beauregard to the command which I have already given to General Bragg, I would refuse it." He had high hopes for Bragg, a North Carolinian who had served in the Mexican War, Bragg was a strict disciplinarian. This meant that he had troops who would obey orders, but it could backfire if he angered them by too strict discipline.