bright moon, and the country was open and roads good, the head of column was about four hours in covering the first four miles. This involved a further loss of at least two hours.
It is now time to revert to the Confederate
lines and note what had happened on the 19th and 20th.
An attack in force by the Federals
had been expected each morning, and its nonoccur-rence gratefully appreciated.
It might be supposed that our time would have been busily used to intrench, erect batteries, and provide abattis and obstructions, but almost nothing of the sort was done.
It required a year's experience to educate our army to the value of such work, although the enemy meanwhile not only set us many examples, but had given us some severe object lessons.
On the 19th Holmes
's brigade had arrived from Acquia Creek
It took position behind Ewell
, on our right flank.
's brigade also arrived and was placed in reserve behind Mitchell's Ford.
On the 20th Johnston
arrived in person, also the 7th and 8th Ga. of Bartow
's brigade, the 4th Ala., and the 2d Miss. of Bee
's. These troops were placed in reserve behind Blackburn's Ford.
As already told, these were the only troops of Johnston
's army to arrive in time for the beginning of the battle, though another brigade under Kirby Smith
arrived in time to turn the wavering scale about 3 P. M. on the 21st.
It is strange that all this could go on in such close proximity to the Federal
army without discovery through some negro or deserter.
It is still stranger that McDowell
seems to have had no scouts out, upon either flank, who might easily have learned it. Only one intimation reached him of what was going on, and that he refused to credit.
was an experienced railroad manager, and from the hills north of Bull Run
, on the 19th, he had listened to the exhaust of many engines bringing heavy loads into Manassas
from the direction of the Valley
He correctly guessed that they were bringing Johnston
's army, and reported the facts and his conclusions to McDowell
, not only on the 19th, but again on the 20th.
The suggestions were received very coolly, and no steps were taken to find out.
the Warrenton pike
runs straight southwest