lowed by General Patterson, but from causes not necessary for me to refer to, you knew them all. This was not done, and the enemy was free to assemble from every direction in numbers only limited by the amount of his railroad rolling-stock and his supply of provisions.
To the forces, therefore, we drove in from Fairfax Court House, Fairfax Station, Germantown, and Centreville, and those under Beauregard at Manassas, must be added those under Johnston from Winchester, and those brought up by Davis from Richmond, to other places at the South, to which is to be added the levy en masse ordered by the Richmond authorities, which was ordered to assemble at Manassas.
What all this amounted to, I cannot say — certainly much more than we attacked them with.
I could not, as I have said, more early push on faster, nor could I delay.
A large and the best part of my forces were three months volunteers, whose term of service was about to expire, but who were sent forward as having long enough