the two armies under the commands of General Joseph E. Johnston and yourself respectively.
I arrivea view to cut off our communications with General Johnston.
To accomplish this, possession would be you would propose, and did propose, that General Johnston should, with the bulk of his forces, say check.
Then, with the combined forces of General Johnston and yourself, you would move rapidly forw them into the Potomac.
This being done, General Johnston, with ten thousand of your forces in addint position, according to circumstances.
General Johnston having disposed of Patterson, would detaclellan, General Garnett could then unite with Johnston, and the two cross the Potomac, at the nearesresident and by General Lee. One was that General Johnston's force was not now sufficiently strong tnofficial letter of General Beauregard to General Johnston is submitted to the reader.
It was writtnassas Junction, Va., July 13th, 1861. General J. E. Johnston:
My dear General,—I write in haste