it was made square instead of oblong, by order of General Johnston
In the beginning of December, General D. H. Hill
was sent to relieve General Evans
in the important command at Leesburg
, with instructions to fall back to the main army at Centreville
in the event of an advance on the latter place, as Colonel Hunton
had done before the battle of Manassas
During the remainder of December there came occasional warnings and menaces of attack, to which, in fact, the United States
authorities and General McClellan
were constantly urged by the more impatient part of the Northern
people and press; and a watchful state of preparation was maintained along the Confederate
positions, from Evansport
, by the way of Centreville
, to Leesburg
, on the upper Potomac.
But no encounter of interest occurred except one at Drainsville, on the 23d of December, between two foraging parties of infantry, cavalry, and artillery.
The Confederates, with about twenty-five hundred men, under Brigadier-General Stuart
, attacked the Federals
, numbering four thousand in a strong position, under Brigadier-General Ord
After a sharp conflict our forces were repulsed, though not pursued.
The enemy's loss was seven killed and sixty-one wounded; ours, fortythree killed and one hundred and eighty-seven wounded and missing.
Our army now went into winter quarters.
The cold was intense, and it was hard, at times, for officers and men to protect themselves against it. All remained quiet along the lines.
Such, however, was not the case in Richmond
Towards the 10th of January the halls of the Confederate Congress became the scene of an animated secret debate, resulting from Mr. Davis
's action upon General Beauregard
's report of the battle of Manassas
, the preliminary remarks of which had been resented by the President
Upon sending in this report to Congress, he had accompanied