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the lower Potomac was taken only to prevent a possible landing of the enemy at that point.
The forces in front of General Johnston and those in front of Colonel Eppa Hunton, commanding a battalion at Leesburg, the western extremity of the Manassas line, were still on the north bank of the Potomac.
General Beauregard, appreciorward movement, in order to protect his advanced positions at Centreville, Fairfax Court-House, and Sangster's Cross-roads, so as to be able—as he wrote to Colonel Eppa Hunton—to strike a blow upon the enemy, at a moment's notice, which he hoped they would long remember.
His advanced forces, three brigades of three regiments eachlery, 533, with 27 pieces; Cavalry, 1425; Foot Artillery, 293; and Infantry, 16,150; in all 18,401 men of all arms.
From this must be deducted the command of Colonel Hunton at Leesburg, of some 445 men, who will remain in position there until the enemy shall have advanced to attack my outposts, when the colonel will fall back and
, July 21st, 1861.
Sir,—Appreciating your services in the battle of Manassas and on several other occasions during the existing war, as affording the highest evidence of your skill as a commander, your gallantry as a soldier, and your zeal as a patriot, you are appointed to be General in the army of the Confederate States of America, and, with the consent of the Congress, will be duly commissioned accordingly.
Yours, etc., Jefferson Davis. General G. T. Beauregard.
On the 23d, Hunton's 8th Virginia, with three companies of cavalry, was ordered to re-occupy Leesburg, and Bonham's brigade, with Delaware Kemper's and Shields's batteries and a force of cavalry, were ordered to advance to Vienna Station, and Longstreet to Centreville.
As the leading column was approaching Fairfax Court-House, Captain Terry, of Texas, a noted marksman, lowered the Federal flag by cutting the halliards with a rifle ball.
This flag was sent, through General Longstreet, as a present to General