The capture of Washington should have been the legitimate military result of the Southern victory at Manassas.
A great part of Beauregard's army had not fired a gun on the 21st; the brigades of Ewell, D. R. Jones, Longstreet, Bonham, and Holmes had been quietly resting all day, if we except a small skirmish by Jones.
Ewell moved to the battlefield in the afternoon, but was not engaged.
If these fresh troops had been led direct on Centreville by the roads crossing the fordsich they marched in the morning, and which was the only road they knew.
The six thousand Federal reserve at Centreville, under Miles, certainly, in view of the demoralization of the rest of the army, could not have made a successful resistance.
Bonham and Longstreet crossed Bull Run in pursuit, but were stopped by three regiments of General Blenker's brigade.
Three hours and a half of daylight still remained.
The Confederates had nineteen companies of cavalry, McDowell seventeen.