is certainly mistaken when he asserts that General Beauregard's telegram asking—we might almost say imploring—him to move on immediately, was only received on the 18th, when his answer to it is dated July 17th, and reads as follows:
Winchester, Va., July 17th, 1861.
General Beauregard, Manassas:
Is the enemy upon you in force? J. E. Johnston.
This shows conclusively how little General Johnston had thought of leaving Winchester, and how utterly improbable it is that he hWinchester, and how utterly improbable it is that he had planned a battle to be fought at Manassas, through a junction of his forces with those of General Beauregard.
Does it not show, besides, how unwilling he was to move at all, unless assured that there was no exaggeration in General Beauregard's anticipation of a powerful impending attack?
It was necessary to telegraph to him again before he finally agreed to put his troops in motion.
Hence their late arrival, some of them not coming up until the latter part of the battle.