ect of our author's special hostility is Mr. Davis, but the Confederate Secretaries of War, the chiefs of the war bureaus in Richmond, and Generals Cooper, Lee, A. S. Johnston, J. E. Johnston, besides many of lower rank, come in for their share of criticism — a criticism often ill-judged, in most cases partial, and nearly always truculent.
The author's mode of dealing with history is illustrated by his account of the first battle of Manassas.
The facts in regard to this are simple.
In July, 1861, the Confederate Government had two principal bodies of troops, hastily collected, to oppose the invasion of Virginia, threatened by the as hastily gathered levies of the Federal Government.
The larger of these, under General Beauregard, held the line of Bull Run, and in its front was the principal Federal army under General McDowell.
Beauregard's force was being augmented by new regiments as fast as they could be armed and equipped out of the meagre supplies the South could then command