etter to Colonels Wm. P. Miles and James Chestnut, both members of the Confederate Congress, at that time, and both of whom had acted as his volunteer aids in South Carolina and in Virginia.
Manassas, Virginia, July 29th, 1861.
My dear Colonels,—I send you, herewith, some important suggestions relative to the best mode be made Provisional Quartermaster-General of this and Johnston's army.
I wish you would aid in the matter.
I should like, also, to have General McGowan, of South Carolina, appointed in that department.
He would be very useful.
The best man for each position must be looked for and appointed forthwith, without regard to other corable change in the administration of the Quartermaster's and Commissary's Departments.
This is testified to by the following letter of Hon. W. P. Miles, of South Carolina, then chairman of the Military Committee of Congress, addressed to General Beauregard, under date of August 8th, 1861:
Dear General,—Your despatch has
ormation was received, through Captain Hill, of General Johnston's forces, that the enemy, at Centreville, was in a complete state of demoralization, and in full flight towards Washington.
Upon learham's forces, which, with General Longstreet's brigade, were then in the closest proximity to Centreville.
After a brief discussion of the matter between the President and Generals Johnston and Beaundoned stores, subsistence, and baggage, that could be found on the road in our front towards Centreville, and on other roads by which the enemy had retreated towards the stone bridge and Sudley's Mio their organization, and assigning them new positions, with the advance—Bonham's brigade— at Centreville.
Holmes's brigade, by direction of President Davis, was ordered back to its former position.atteries and a force of cavalry, were ordered to advance to Vienna Station, and Longstreet to Centreville.
As the leading column was approaching Fairfax Court-House, Captain Terry, of Texas, a noted