ascertain if trains, capable of transporting the troops to their destination more quickly than they were likely to reach it on foot, could be provided there, and, if so, to make the necessary arrangements.
That officer met me at Paris
, after executing his instructions, with a report so favorable as to give me reason to expect that the transportation of the infantry over the thirty-four miles between Piedmont
and Manassas Junction
would be accomplished easily in twenty-four hours.
's brigade, his leading men, that is to say, reached Paris
, seventeen miles from Winchester
, about two hours after dark.
The four others halted for the night on the Shenandoah
, having marched thirteen miles; Jackson
's brigade marched the six miles from Paris
before eight o'clock, Friday morning; and, as trains enough for its transportation were found there, it moved in an hour or two.
The other brigades came up separately in the afternoon-Bartow's first.
Other trains, capable of transporting two regiments, being in readiness about three o'clock, the Seventh and Eighth Georgia regiments were dispatched in them.
No other infantry had the means of moving that day, although the president of the railroad company had promised that the last regiment should reach Manassas Junction
Saturday morning-nine thousand men-before sunrise.
The artillery and cavalry were directed to continue their march by the wagon-road, under Colonels Stuart
At night, Captain Chisholm
, an officer of General Beauregard
's staff, arrived, bringing a suggestion from him to me, to march by Aldie
and fall upon the