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the first and second day; of the first day's victory, of Albert Sydney Johnston's death; and of our reverse and retreat on the second day, before the combined armies of Buell and Grant.
I also informed you that the retreat was covered by General Breckinridge, with his Kentuckians, and of the admirable manner in which he performed that difficult task.
General, said Beauregard, riding up with his staff, we must retreat; we cannot maintain an unequal contest against such odds of fresh troops.
The command of the rear-guard is given to you. This retreat must not be a rout — if it costs your last man, it must not be so!
The army was withdrawn from the field as if in review, and Breckinridge covered the retreat so skilfully that the enemy halted, and did not pursue us more than a mile from the field.
This was partly owing to their own exhausted condition; for next day the pursuit was taken up by General Pope, who captured several hundred of our sick and wounded in the timber.