tested, was again detached from his command and sent to Fairfax Court-House, to provide all necessary means of transportation.
During the night which followed (16th-17th July), General Beauregard
sent an urgent request to Richmond
by telegram, asking that Generals Johnston
be now ordered to make a junction with him.
He also published General Orders No. 41
, announcing to his command the expected advance of the enemy, and expressing his confidence in their ability to drive him beyond his intrenched lines.
It contained the names of his general and personal staff,1
and enjoined obedience to all orders conveyed through them to the troops.
The news of the enemy's movement was true.
On the morning of the 17th McDowell
's advance was reported to be approaching; and before noon, General Bonham
's pickets being driven in, he began his retreat, as had been previously agreed upon.
The enemy made a strong demonstration against him, and sought to strike his communication with Germantown
, which was very nearly effected—General Bonham
's rear having just passed through the junction of the two roads at the hamlet, as the head of the Federal
column came within sight.
He retired in fine order to Centreville
, and though at night he was enveloped, he was quiet ly withdrawn between 12 o'clock and daylight, behind Mitchell's Ford, fully carrying out the detailed instructions of the general commanding.
, after a sharp brush with the enemy, fell back to Union Mills Ford, where Ewell
was in command of the heaviest brigade of the army.
The enemy had no sooner attacked General Bonham
's line, than General Beauregard
forwarded the following telegram to the President
Towhich the President