k and make a junction with Patterson, who was in his front, thus crushing him between them.
Patterson was threatening Winchester, at which point he would be able to cut Johnston's supplies and at the same time effect his desired junction with McClene, General Johnston evacuated Harper's Ferry, destroying the magazines and a vast amount of property, and fell back to Winchester.
Then, for one month, Patterson and he played at military chess, on a field ranging from Winchester to Martinsburg, wiWinchester to Martinsburg, without advantage on either side.
At the end of that time — on the 15th of July--the former made his grand feint of an advance, which Colonel Jeb Stuart--who was scouting in his front-declared to be a real movement; warning General Johnston that the bctory at Big Bethel, and had strewn the ground for miles with the slain and spoils!
Then Johnston had met the enemy at Winchester and, after oceans of blood, had driven him from the field in utter rout!
Again Beauregard had cut McDowell to pieces a