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phasis to the suggestion by saying, I had expected your crossing the river to-day in pursuit of the enemy.
But Patterson complained that Johnston outnumbered him, and clamored for reinforcements and batteries.
Reinforcements and batteries were ordered to join him, and he was also informed of the intended movement on Manassas; upon which he again put on a bold front and crossed the Potomac at Williamsport, moving to Martinsburg, with sufficient opposition to bring on a smart skirmish at Falling Waters, the enemy retiring toward Winchester as he advanced.
From this point, during the short time he yet remained in command, Patterson's military conduct becomes the subject of criticism and controversy.
It is military usage-perhaps military necessity establishes the usage — that orders and directions from superior to subordinate officers are conveyed in brief words expressing or suggesting only the objects to be accomplished, and leaving methods largely at the discretion of him who has