Official reports of the battles.
We are enabled this morning to lay before our readers General Joseph E. Johnston
's report of the battle of Manassas
, which, after a long delay, Congress has graciously permitted to be made public.
We shall follow it up, as early as possible, with other official reports of battles fought in 1861, which are necessary to complete the history of the great events of that period.
We find that some portion of General Beau
regard's reports, as originally written, has been excised; but that gallant officer's own concluding words will reconcile the country to partial omissions of the ‘"sufficient causes that prevented the advance of our forces, and prolonged, vigorous pursuit of the enemy to and beyond the Potomac
The War Department has been fully advised long since of all of those causes, some of which only are proper to be here communicated."’