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determined to withdraw his troops to Winchester. At this time Gen. Patterson was advancing, with a strong force, from Pennsylvania and Marylnd thus check the enemy's movements. On the 2d of July, however, Patterson succeeded in crossing the Potomac at Williamsport; the river beinkson having rejoined the main army under Johnston, at Winchester, Patterson fell back towards the river. The design of this Federal commande the last moment. But while Johnston was thus keeping in check Patterson's column at the head of the Shenandoah Valley, an important eventf Bull Run, and thence advance to the attack of the enemy, before Patterson's junction with McDowell, which was daily expected. But a battles. I told him that I feared the approaching force was in reality Patterson's division; that, if such was the case, I would be compelled to f into their hands, and been taken almost as an unresisting prey. Patterson had only ten thousand men before the battle. His army, like the