certainly not one justifying any loss of cohesion in the general scheme

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To us it seemed a great pity to wait; but to the Chief, <----->, it must have been a very small matter, and certainly not one justifying any loss of cohesion in the general scheme. So I have no doubt that it was right to make us halt on the 7th and 8th.
--From The Boer War: London to Ladysmith via Pretoria and Ian Hamilton's March by Sir Winston S Churchill.


So if that they (the troop which Churchill was with) didn't wait would cause the loss of cohesion in the general scheme, does "justifying" in this sentence mean something like "causing"? Otherwise, it confuses me.
 
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