Had General Beauregard obeyed the instructions there given by the War Department, and ‘withdrawn’ his call upon General Johnston, need we say that no ‘junction’ would have taken place at all, and that the ‘success by which it was attended’ would never have caused Mr. Davis the gratification he expressed? Here are glaring facts which cannot be gainsaid. It was only when the War Department had been informed, on the 17th of July, that the enemy, in force, had driven in General Bonham's pickets, at Fairfax Court-House, not more than twelve miles from Manassas, that General Beauregard was allowed to call upon General Johnston, then at Winchester, more than sixty miles away on his left, and upon General Holmes, then at Aquia Creek, about
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