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sas were sent thither, but without artillery, of which none was available.
From information collected in his front, General Johnston was apprehensive that General Patterson would move to attack him, and he soon abandoned the untenable salient position of Harper's Ferry, held by him unwillingly, and to which General Patterson aftGeneral Patterson afterwards crossed on the 2d of July. General Beauregard's views, based partly on reports from Washington, were that General Patterson's movements merely simulated the offensive, to hold General Johnston in check.
About the 20th of June, General Beauregard, having organized his forces into six brigades, began a forward movement, inGeneral Patterson's movements merely simulated the offensive, to hold General Johnston in check.
About the 20th of June, General Beauregard, having organized his forces into six brigades, began a forward 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 each, occupied a triang
power to make the movement, in view of the relative strength and position of Patterson's forces as compared with his own.
Hence the uncertainty, hence the want Davis, based on the estimated numbers, whether of General Johnston or of General Patterson, is utterly without point, in presence of the fact that the former had nothousand men, and not at twenty-five thousand, as Mr. Davis has it. As to General Patterson, his army, at the time we speak of—that is to say, between the 14th and 2 time.
General Johnston's Narrative of Military Operations, p. 31. And General Patterson, who must be supposed to have known something about it, in a letter from ton's concentration with General Beauregard, in order to defeat Mc-Dowell and Patterson.
These two results, even if not followed by the proposed movement into Maryl Beauregard to carry out his proposed plan of operations against McDowell and Patterson, we should have captured from the enemy all the requisite supplies that the P