if I had received an order from General Beauregard
, directing that I should go to him with my brigade.
Upon my stating that I had received no such order, he said that he had received a note from General Beauregard
in which he was directed to send me to the General
The note, which was in the hands of one of Jones
' staff officers, was sent for and shown to me. It was in pencil, and after giving brief directions for the withdrawal across the Run
and stating the general purpose to go to the left where the heavy firing was, there was a direction at the foot in very nearly these words,--“Send early to me.”
This information was given to me some time between 12 M. and 1 P. M.1
The note did not state to what point I was to go, but I knew that General BReauregard
's position had been near Mitchell's Ford and that he was to be found somewhere to our left.
I sent word for Hays
to move up as rapidly as possible, directed Kemper
to get ready to move, sent a message to General Longstreet
requesting the return of the companies of the 24th, and directed my Acting Adjutant General
, Captain Gardner
, to ride to Mitchell's Ford and ascertain where General Beauregard
was, as well as the route I was to pursue.
The messenger sent to General Longstreet
returned and informed me that the General
said there was a regiment in the pines to my left which had been ordered to report to him, and that I could take that regiment instead of the companies of my own, to save time and prevent the exposure of both to the fire of the enemy's artillery in passing to and from Blackburn's Ford.
In this arrangement I readily concurred, and soon found, to my left in the pines, the 13th Mississippi Regiment under Colonel Barksdale
, which had very recently arrived.
consented to accompany me, and as soon as the