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The Daily Dispatch: August 1, 1861., [Electronic resource], General Toombs' Brigade--Second Georgia Regiment. (search)
ment for the occasion before the event. If Napoleon had foreseen the remissness of Grouche before the fact, nothing would have been more easy than to provide against it, and nothing more certain than a victory for the French at Waterloo. But even the genius of Bonafate could not penetrate twelve hours into the future, or twelve miles into the distance, and, in consequence, the greatest battle in history was lost by the greatest General the world ever saw. It is very doubtful whether Johnston and Beauregard would have pursued the enemy to the precincts of Washington on the night of the battle, if they could have known in advance, and at that distance off, of the scenes that were about to transpire on the Potomac; for their little army constituted the sole barrier for Virginia against the invaders; it was undisciplined and unused to rapid movement and was as liable to fall into utter confusion in the pursuit as the enemy was in the flight.-- Rapid movements are very practicable f
ither time nor heart for the task. But of one thing we feel assured. This result is chargeable to the culpable inactivity of General Patterson, in allowing General Johnston to escape from Winchester and fall back upon Manassas without annoyance or attention. --St. Louis Democrat. The events of Sunday last, which forced the cDowell marched from Washington with 53,000 men, and was afterwards reinforced with 26,000. Where were all but the 22,000 that were engaged in the fight? Gen. Johnston joined the Confederate forces at Manassas the night before the great battle, and the Kentucky boys under the immediate command of Col. Duncan doubtless particid the Kentucky boys under the immediate command of Col. Duncan doubtless participated in the conflict that terminated so gloriously for the Southern arms. About eight hundred of our gallant fellows are attached to Johnston's division, and we may expect to hear a good account of them when the details of the fight are received.