subject which, to us, appears of but minor importance in comparison with the real question at issue, to wit—the result of the battle of Manassas
, or, in other words, the acknowledged victory of the Confederate forces over an army vastly superior in point of number, armament, and equipment.
The reader is already informed of the correct strength of our united forces, on the morning of the 21st July.
It was increased by 1700 infantry, and a battery, on the arrival of part of General Kirby Smith
's command, at 3.30 P. M., which would bring up our aggregate to 30,888 of all arms.
It must be borne in mind, however, that the commands of Generals Holmes
, aggregating at least 3000 men, though mentioned on our field returns as present at and around Manassas
, were never directly engaged with the enemy on that day.
estimates as follows the numerical strength of the Federal
forces against us. We quote from his report: ‘Making all allowances for mistakes, we are warranted in saying that the Federal
army consisted of at least fifty-five
regiments of volunteers, eight companies of regular infantry, four of marines, nine of the regular cavalry, and twelve batteries, numbering together one hundred and nineteen
These regiments, at one time, . . . numbered, in the aggregate, fifty-four thousand one hundred and forty
, and averaged nine hundred and sixty-four
Deducting as many as one hundred and sixty-four
per regiment, for the sick, and men on detached service, the average would then be reduced to eight hundred
men. Adding, now, the different commands of regulars of all arms, mentioned above, and the aggregate of the Federal
army opposing us at Manassas
could not have been less than fifty thousand
The facts that have transpired one by one, gradually throwing light upon this point, have already fallen within the domain of history, and show, conclusively, in spite of the extreme reticence of many Federal commanders, that an army fifty thousand
strong, under General McDowell
, was defeated and routed, at Manassas
, on the 21st of July, 1861, by less than thirty thousand Confederate troops, under the immediate command, before and during the battle, of General G. T. Beauregard