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2. Telegram from Colonel James Chestnut to General Beauregard, as to concentration of Generals Johnston and Holmes's forces with our army at Manassas.

Richmond, July 15th, 1861.
General Beauregard:
Matter seriously debated. Will await this morning for conclusion.


War Department has ordered you to join me; do so immediately, if possible, and we will crush the enemy.


Is the enemy upon you in force?


McRae's regiment, N. C., goes to you this evening. Barksdale's Mississippi regiment goes to you from Lynchburg. Further reinforcements have promise of transportation in the morning. Hampton's Legion and others will go as soon as possible. God be praised for your successful beginning. I have tried to join you, but remain to serve you here as most useful to the times.


We have no intelligence from General Johnston. If the enemy in front of you has abandoned an immediate attack, and General Johnston has not moved, you had better withdraw the call upon him so that he may be left to his full discretion. All the troops arriving at Lynchburg are ordered to join you. From this place we will send as fast as transportation permits. The enemy is advised at Washington of the projected movement of Generals Johnston and Holmes, and may vary his plans in conformity thereto.

S. Cooper, Adj.-Genl.

Headquarters army of the Potomac, Manassas Junction, July 17th, 1861.
General Orders, No. 41.

I. The general commanding the army of the Potomac announces to his command that, at length, the enemy have advanced to subjugate a sovereign State, and to impose upon a free people an odious government.

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