e instance of Colonel Thomas Jordan, of the Virginia forces, who, in a carefully written memoir on the subject, had shown the importance of at once occupying Manassas Junction, to prevent its seizure, and the severance of communication by rail with the lower valley of Virginia.
After a full interchange of views, which lasted sevford a strong defensive line.
In fact, the ground on the Federal side of the run commanded, in most places, the ground occupied by the Confederates.
Still, Manassas Junction, as a strategic point, was one of superior importance, as it secured communication with the valley of Virginia, and the army of the Shenandoah, under Generanment to establish a cartridge factory at Manassas, if certain necessary appliances were furnished him; which was not done.
His letter to that effect, dated Manassas Junction, June 23d, contained the following passage:
I must call the attention of the department to the great deficiency of my command in ammunition—not avera