obeyed the telegram of General Cooper
, General Johnston
, about whose movements the War Department admitted its ignorance, would not have left Winchester
, and no ‘victory’ could have been won by the Confederates
on the 21st of July.
That ‘junction,’ that ‘victory,’ were the results of General Beauregard
's untiring, unflinching perseverance.
The first was effected, the second achieved, in spite of—not owing to—the action of Mr. Davis
or of the War Department.
‘The reasons why no such consequences could result are given,’ not only ‘in the closing passages of the reports of both the commanding generals
,’ as Mr. Davis
has it, but also in General Beauregard
's repeated communications to the War Department, before and after the battle of Manassas
, and especially in his letter to President Davis
, dated August 10th, 1861,1
in which he said: ‘With regard to my remarks about marching on to Washington
, you must have misunderstood them, for I never stated that we could have pursued the enemy on the evening of the 21st, or even on the 22d.
I wrote: “The want of food and transportation has made us lose all the fruits of our victory.
We ought, at this time, the 29th July, to be in or about Washington
, and from all accounts Washington
could have been taken up to the 24th instant, by twenty thousand men.”
Every news from there confirms me still more in that opinion.
For several days' (about one week) after the battle, I could not put my new regiments in position for want of transportation.
I do not say this to injure my friend Colonel Myers
, but to benefit the service.
We have, no doubt, by our success here, achieved “glory” for the country, but I am fighting for something more real and tangible, i. e
., to save our homes and firesides from our Northern invaders, and to maintain our freedom and independence as a nation.’
It is not desirable to repeat here the main reasons which prevented ‘the consequences predicted’ as the result of the ‘victory won,’ after the long-prayed — for junction of General Johnston
's forces with General Beauregard
's at Manassas
For such information the reader is referred to Chapter X. of this work, wherein full details of General Beauregard
's requisitions, and complaints as to insufficiency of provisions and transportation, are minutely