occupied with public affairs as to preclude all attention to his personal interests and even his military outfit.
He would have willingly remained a day or two in Richmond
, in order to prepare himself better for the field; but the juncture was considered so urgent by the President
and General Lee
, that no such leisure was granted him, and he departed at once, with two of his aids, leaving other members of his staff, including his adjutant, to effect such arrangements as were necessary.
He left Richmond
on the 1st of June, and reached Manassas
the same night, under the following orders:
We copy below an extract from the orders alluded to, as given to General Beauregard
's predecessors, and transferred, as we have seen, to himself: