have arrived too late, had not the result of the action of Bull Run, on the 18th, deterred General McDowell from sooner making his contemplated attack.
And it must also be borne in mind that Generalmy would have occurred early in the day, instead of late in the afternoon, and the whole of General McDowell's army— not a small portion of it only—would have been captured or annihilated.
The use ofy, than it does in connection with the modified plan of General Beauregard. Fortunately for General McDowell's army, not fortunately for ours, the miscarriage occurred.
Referring, in his report, tohe 16th of July General Beauregard was informed, by a secret message from Washington, that General McDowell had been ordered to advance, and would do so that very night.
He forwarded this news to Rice the next morning.
And the enemy did. The engagement of Bull Run was fought and won; and General McDowell, frustrated in this his attempt to carry our lines, fortunately for us, delayed his onward