cavalry, was ordered to re-occupy Leesburg
, and Bonham
's brigade, with Delaware Kemper
's and Shields
's batteries and a force of cavalry, were ordered to advance to Vienna Station
, and Longstreet
As the leading column was approaching Fairfax Court-House, Captain Terry
, of Texas
, a noted marksman, lowered the Federal
flag by cutting the halliards with a rifle ball.
This flag was sent, through General Longstreet
, as a present to General Beauregard
, but was placed among the stock of trophies where it belonged, as well as a larger flag, offered to Mr. Davis
, who had already left Manassas
Many spoils were gathered during and after the battle; and the line of march of our troops, on their way to the new positions assigned them, was rich in abandoned arms and other military property.
A great deal was carried off by the people, and was recovered with much trouble.
On the 25th, Generals Johnston
issued an address to their troops, awarding to them the praises they deserved for their patriotic courage on the battle-fields of the 18th and 21st.
The concluding words were as follows: ‘Soldiers, we congratulate you on a glorious, triumphant, and complete victory.
We thank you for doing your whole duty in the service of your country.’
On that day, also, General Beauregard
, in anticipation, it might be said, of the future orders of the government, organized his army, as now increased into eight brigades, each of which was made up of regiments coming from a single State.
But no military movement of importance could be undertaken, on account of additional embarrassments from the want of transportation and subsistence.
Only one wagon and four horses were assigned to every hundred men. Each brigade staff and each hospital were limited to the same insufficient transportation.
The army was living from hand to mouth, and actually suffering from want of food.
Colonel R. B. Lee
, the efficient Chief Commissary
of the army in the field, had not been long in finding out that the ways of the Commissary-General
, Colonel Northrop
, were altogether impracticable; and, in order to keep our forces properly supplied, he was compelled to resort, in a measure, to the system formerly pursued by Captain Fowle
, under General Beauregard
's instructions, and without which the army would have fallen to pieces, even before the battle of Manassas
. Colonel Northrop