nt of his mission.
So great has become the historical value of this paper, that we present it in full to the reader:
Headquarters army of the Potomac, Manassas, Va., July 16th, 1861. Brigadier-General Beauregard, Commanding Army of the Potomac:
Sir,—In obedience to your order, I proceeded on Sunday last, 14th instant, tter of General Beauregard to General Johnston is submitted to the reader.
It was written on the day before Colonel Chestnut was sent to Richmond.
Manassas Junction, Va., July 13th, 1861. General J. E. Johnston:
My dear General,—I write in haste.
What a pity we cannot carry into effect the following plan of operationsearly as the 13th of June, to assent to General Beauregard's urgent request that authority should be given to concentrate our forces at the proper moment, at Manassas Junction; by again refusing, on the 15th of July, to allow him to execute his bold, offensive plans against the enemy, the certain result of which would have been the
ed the names of his general and personal staff,
See Appendix to this chapter. and enjoined obedience to all orders conveyed through them to the troops.
The news of the enemy's movement was true.
On the morning of the 17th McDowell's advance was reported to be approaching; and before noon, General Bonham's pickets being driven in, he began his retreat, as had been previously agreed upon.
The enemy made a strong demonstration against him, and sought to strike his communication with Germantown, which was very nearly effected—General Bonham's rear having just passed through the junction of the two roads at the hamlet, as the head of the Federal column came within sight.
He retired in fine order to Centreville, and though at night he was enveloped, he was quiet ly withdrawn between 12 o'clock and daylight, behind Mitchell's Ford, fully carrying out the detailed instructions of the general commanding.
Rhodes, after a sharp brush with the enemy, fell back to Union Mills Ford, wher