Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Gen. McDowell” in chapter 4 of Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2.:
...uld do, the nation might still have escaped the saddest disgrace which stains its history.
The secret of that panic will perhaps never be known.
All essay to explain it, and all fail.
Whether Gen. McDowell did or did not give an order to retreat I cannot say of my own knowledge.
I am assured by one who was with him that he did; and by others that he also failed to preserve his self-control.
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