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Mr. Davis's memory, that such an order was actually dictated by him, and modified as to the hour of its execution, is clearly at fault. This is shown by Colonel (afterwards General) Jordan's letter, referred to by Mr. Davis himself, as the authority for his assertion to that effect. That Generals Johnston and Beauregard kept no copy of an order that fell still-born from the lips of the President, is not to be wondered at; and Colonel Jordan, no doubt —and very naturally—destroyed it as soon as it was penned, there having been, as he says, ‘a unanimous decision against it.’ From this expression we infer that Mr. Davis, no less than the two generals, acknowledged the uselessness of the order.

There was no other order for pursuit given, or spoken of, that night. So says General Beauregard; so says Colonel Jordan, his chief of staff; so would undoubtedly say General Johnston, who was opposed to any further immediate advance of our troops after the battle. The order dictated substantially to Colonel Jordan, and condemned and abandoned without being ‘despatched,’ is the only order with which Mr. Davis had anything to do on the night of the 21st of July. Colonel Jordan, in the letter quoted by Mr. Davis, says: ‘This was the only instance during Mr. Davis's stay at Manassas in which he exercised any voice as to the movement of the troops. Profoundly pleased with the results achieved, . . . his bearing towards the generals who commanded them was eminently proper, as I have testified on a former occasion; and I repeat, he certainly expressed or manifested no opposition to a forward movement, nor did he display the least disposition to interfere, by opinion or authority, touching what the Confederate forces should or should not do.’1

An ‘order to the same effect,’ says Mr. Davis (that is, an order for pursuit, modified by him, and by him deferred till the next day, at early dawn), ‘was sent’ by General Beauregard, ‘on the night of the 21st of July, . . . for a copy of which’ Mr. Davis is ‘indebted to the kindness of that chivalrous gentleman, soldier, and patriot, General Bonham.’2

This is another error.

The order sent to General Bonham by General Beauregard, and given in full in Mr. Davis's book,3 was not for the pursuit of the

1 ‘Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government,’ vol. i. p. 354.

2 Ibid. vol. i. p. 355.

3 I Ibid. vol. i. pp. 355, 356.

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