Whilst, according to General Beauregard, all the merit to which he is entitled — and there does not live a more gallant gentleman and officer, nor one for whom I have a higher admiration as a General — it is due to General Johnston to say, that he planned the battle.
Essentially a man of judgment, General Johnston has never risked during the campaign any battle where our chances were not good.
Though our men murmured vastly when ordered to go backward from Harper's Ferry, from Bunker's Hill, from Darksville, and from Winchester, no one can now dare to dispute the sagacity which planned all the movements.
To have risked a battle by attacking superior numbers, entailing defeat upon us, would doubtless have crushed our proud republic in its inception.
When General Johnston (who has always been in correspondence with General Beauregard in regard to the junction of the armies, and who, for weeks, has also pointed out to the President the absolute necessity of such a movement)