in either of the three nights immediately preceding, I requested him to draw up this order of march and have the number of copies necessary written by our staff-officers and brought to me in time for distribution that evening, while I was preparing, by rest, for the impending battle.
These papers were not ready for distribution that evening, nor until the next morning (21st), when I was able to sign them by the light of day in the grove where I had slept.
They were not in the form usual in the United States Army, being written by General Beauregard
's adjutant-general in his name,1
my sanction to be written on each copy.
This was too immaterial to be worth correction; but, even if it had not been so, it was now too late to make such a correction, for the troops should then have been in motion.
Soon after sunrise, and before the distribution of these orders could have been completed, a light cannonade was opened upon our troops at the Stone Bridge
, and a little later a similar demonstration was made in General Bonham
At half-past 5 o'clock a report was received from Colonel Evans
that a body of Federal infantry, with a long line of skirmishers deployed before it, was visible on the opposite side of the valley of Bull Run
I had previously requested General Beauregard
to send orders for me to Bee
to move their brigades to the left and place them near the Stone Bridge
He also ordered Colonel Hampton
with the infantry of his legion, just arrived at Manassas
, to hasten to the same locality.