much confusion existed among them.
so advised Generals Hardee
, suggesting that an attack should be made at once, or that the army should withdraw next morning.
He was referred to General Beauregard
, but, unfortunately, was unable to find his headquarters.1
At a later hour he again sent in his scouts, who returned at two o'clock in the morning, stating that Federal troops were still arriving.
, being informed of the fact for the second time, instructed Colonel Forrest
to go back to his regiment, and, keeping a vigilant picket line, to notify him of all hostile movements, should any be attempted.
But General Hardee
failed to communicate this important information to General Beauregard