ards Fairfax, and the master stroke was at once made, to order Johnston down from Winchester, by forced marches, before Patterson could get down on the other side.
Johnston's troops marched all twenty-six miles, then crowded into the railroad, came
General Beauregard determined to attack them in several columns at once the next morning, so as to cut them up before Patterson could arrive — but our scouts came early in the morning, informing the generals that the enemy had been in motion sinceall the available regulars in the service.
The Second and Third Infantry, at least, and Doubleday's battalion, late of Patterson's column, it is believed, were in the action, as also some three three thousand collected at Washington for service.
[nt the absolute necessity of such a movement) received orders to form the junction, it came at a fortunate moment, when Patterson had moved to Charleston, twenty-four miles distant, and had placed it out of his power to attack us in the rear.