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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 1 (search)
from Unjust attack. assigned to duty of organizing Virginia troops. ordered by President Davis to take command at Harper's Ferry. convinced, on examination, that it was untenable. correspondence, on the subject, with General Lee and the Confederate authorities. General Beauregard assigned to command of Confederate army at Manassas. movements of General Patterson. withdrawal from Harper's Ferry. affair near Romney. General Patterson again marches on Martinsburg. battle offered at Darkesville. General McDowell advances on Manassas. Precautions preparatory to assisting General Beauregard. The composition of the convention assembled in Richmond in the spring of 1861, to consider the question of secession, proved that the people of Virginia did not regard Mr. Lincoln's election as a sufficient cause for that measure, for at least two-thirds of its members were elected as Union men. And they and their constituents continued to be so, until the determination to coerce the sec