rear of the Federal
right, at Centreville
, while his troops, advancing from Bull Run
, assailed that army in front.
I did not agree to the plan, because, ordinarily, it is impracticable to direct the movements of troops so distant from each other, by roads so far separated, in such a manner as to combine their action on a field of battle.
It would have been impossible, in my opinion, to calculate when our undisciplined volunteers would reach any distant point that right be indicated.
I preferred the junction of the two armies at the earliest time possible, as the first measure to secure success.
Enough of the cars, sent down in the morning to convey about two regiments, were brought back before midnight, but the conductors and engineers disappeared immediately, to pass the night probably in sleep, instead of on the road.
And it was not until seven or eight o'clock Saturday morning that the trains could be put in motion, carrying the Fourth Alabama and Second Mississippi regiments, with two companies of the Eleventh. General Bee
and myself accompanied these troops.
Brigadier-General E. Kirby Smith
was left at Piedmont
to expedite the transportation of the remaining brigades-about three-fifths of the army.
We reached General Beauregard
's position about noon.
The Seventh and Eighth Georgia regiments were united to the detachment just arrived, to form a temporary brigade for General Bee
As the army had not been informed, in the usual way, of the promotion of Generals Cooper
, and myself, to the grade of general, I had, after leaving Winchester
, requested the President
, by telegraph, to