neral Beauregard to General Johnston.
comments upon Mr. Davis's refusal.
General McDowell ordered to advance.
strong demonstration against General Bonham.
This force would enable us to destroy the forces of Generals Scott and McDowell, in my front.
Then we would go back with as many men as necessary to attack aard; which, however, the former positively declined to do.
The extension of McDowell's pickets had now interrupted our underground mail, between Washington and Manm Mrs. G——, and announced, in cipher, this simple but important piece of news: McDowell has been ordered to advance to-night; confirming General Beauregard's belief aops.
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 piof General Johnston's forces should march by the way of Aldie, so as to assail McDowell's left flank and rear, at Centreville.
But, for reasons General Johnston must