from his railroad-car, before reaching the station, had so strongly impressed upon his mind the idea that we were defeated, that it was not immediately removed by the appearance of the field.
I judged so, at least, from his first words, while we were shaking hands: “How has the battle gone?”
's “Life of Jefferson Davis
” it is asserted (p. 305) that the President
reached “the battle-field while the struggle was still in progress;” that “to the troops his name and bearing were the symbols of victory;” that “while the victory was assured, but by no means complete, he urged that the enemy, still on the field (Heintzelman
's troops, as subsequently appeared), be warmly pursued, as was successfully done” (p. 313).
These are fancies.
He arrived upon the field after the last armed enemy had left it, when none were within cannon-shot, or south of Bull Run
, when the victory was “complete” as well as “assured,” and no opportunity left for the influence of “his name and bearing.”
reported to me for orders soon after the firing ceased, and informed me that his brigade, then probably about four miles from us, was hurrying on as fast as possible.
He had ridden forward to study the part of the field to which he might be assigned, to prepare to act intelligently in the battle.
He was told that it would not be wanted, and desired to lead it back to its camp; General Holmes
was requested to do likewise; their immediate commander, General Beauregard
, was requested to give them orders, however.
The preceding narrative shows how great were