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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 2 (search)
e really in not much better condition. Their chief point of advantage was in the better class of officers created by their system. Nevertheless, the victory long hung in the balance, and might readily have declared itself on either side. General Jordan, chief of staff to Beauregard, informs me that while conducting President Davis up to the battle-ground from Manassas Junction during the progress of the action, and just a short time before the giving way of the Union lines, such were the streams of stragglers and skulkers pouring to the Southern rear, that Mr. Davis fancied Beauregard had been completely beaten. Observing the fact that each even slightly wounded man was escorted by two or three comrades, Mr. Davis exclaimed to Jordan, Battles are not won where several unhurt men are seen carrying off each wounded soldier! At the close of the action, the Southerners were hardly less demoralized than their opponents, so that the idea of pursuit was not to be entertained. On this