Gen. McDowell--Gen. Johnston was immediately ordered to form a junction of his Army Corps with mine, should the movement, in his judgment, be deemed advisable.
Gen. Holmes was also directed to push forward with two regiments, a battery, and one company of cavalry.
In view of these propositions, approaching reinforcements modionstituted as on the 18th of July remained in position at Union Mills Ford, its left extending along Bull Run, in the direction of McLean's Ford, and supported by Holmes's brigade, 2d Tennessee and 1st Arkansas regiments, a short distance to the rear — that is, at and near Camp Wigfall.
D. R. Jones's brigade — from Ewell's lens, did not exceed 21,833, and 29 guns.
The army of the Shenandoah, ready for action on the field, may be set at 6,000 men and 20 guns.
The brigade of Gen. Holmes mustered about 1,265 bayonets, 6 guns, and a company of cavalry about 90 strong.
Informed at 5:30 A. M., by Col. Evans, that the enemy had deployed some 1,
position at the Union Mills had been left with but a slender guard, General Ewell was at once ordered to retrace his steps and resumes his position to prevent the possibility of its evizure by any force of the enemy in that quarter.
Brigadier General Holmes--left with his brigade as a support to the same position in the original plan of battle — had also been called to the left, whither he marched with the utmost speed, but not in time to join actively in the battle.
Walker's rifle gun
He also secured a large Federal garrison flag, designed, it is said, to be unfurled over our entrenchments at Manassas.
In connection with the unfortunate casualties of the day — that is, the miscarriage of the orders sent by courier to Gens Holmes and Ewell to attack the enemy in flank and reverse at Centreville, through which the triumph of our arms was prevented from being still more decisive, I regard it in place to say, a divisional organization, with officers in command of division