- President Davis and Generals Johnston and Beauregard discuss the propriety of pursuing the enemy during the night following the battle. -- error of Mr. Davis as to the order he wrote. -- on the 22d General Beauregard assigns his troops to new positions. -- the President confers the rank of General on General Beauregard, subject to the approval of congress. -- on the 25th, address issued to troops by Generals Johnston and Beauregard. -- organization of General Beauregard's army into brigades. -- impossibility of any military movement of importance, and why. -- army without transportation and without subsistence. -- Colonel Northrop appoints Major W. B. Blair as Chief Commissary of the army. -- General Beauregard informs the President of the actual state of affairs. -- Colonel Lee to the President. -- General Beauregard to Colonels Chestnut and miles. -- his telegram to Colonel Myers. -- answer of President Davis. -- General Beauregard's reply. -- Colonel Myers alleges ignorance of want of transportation in the army of the Potomac. -- General Beauregard's answer. -- cause of the failure of the campaign. -- effect of General Beauregard's letter upon congress. -- an apparent improvement in Commissary and Quartermaster Departments. -- General Beauregard complains again on the 23d of August. -- no action taken. -- Suggests removal of Colonel Northrop. -- the President believes in his efficiency, and upholds him. -- fifteen and twenty days rations asked for by General Beauregard.
Towards 11 P. M., on the day of the battle, while President Davis, at General Beauregard's headquarters, was engaged in writing the despatch to General Cooper given in the preceding chapter, information was received, through Captain Hill, of General Johnston's forces, that the enemy, at Centreville, was in a complete state of demoralization, and in full flight towards Washington. Upon learning this, President Davis, with great animation, urged the necessity of an immediate pursuit by General Bonham's forces, which, with General Longstreet's brigade, were then in the closest proximity to Centreville. After a brief discussion of the matter between the President and Generals Johnston and Beauregard, it was agreed that, as Captain Hill's informal report was not sufficiently authenticated, and the troops were fatigued and without rations, the suggestion made should not be acted upon; no order, therefore, was issued for its execution.