e, cheerful, and hearty as ever.
I sent him some corn meal this morning, and he sent me some butter-a mutual exchange of good things.
The men are suffering from measles and so on, as elsewhere, but are cheerful and light-hearted.
The nights are cool and the water delicious.
Send word to Miss Lou Washington that her father
His aid-de-camp, Colonel John Augustine Washington. is sitting on his blanket sewing a strap on his haversack.
I think she ought to be here to do it.
And on September 1st, from the same place, he tells her: We have had a great deal of sickness among the soldiers, and those now on the sick list would form an army.
The measles is still among them, but I hope is dying out. The constant cold rains, mud, etc., with no shelter or tents, have aggravated it. All these drawbacks, with impassable roads, have paralyzed our efforts.
It was Loring's purpose to attempt a movement on Reynolds's rear.
This officer occupied, with two thousand men, Cheat Mountain pass
at twenty thousand; and Assistant-Adjutant-General Kelton, who had been sent out by Halleck, puts the number at thirty thousand.
Much uneasiness prevailed in the Federal capital, disorder reigned, and confusion was everywhere.
As a precautionary measure, it was said, the money in the Treasury and in the banks was shipped to New York, and a gunboat with steam up lay in the river off the White House, and yet there was in and around Washington one hundred and twenty thousand men. On the 1st of September McClellan was again assigned to the command of the defenses around Washington.
He had been much mortified in listening to the distant sound of the firing of his men, and asked General Halleck on the night of the 30th of August for permission to go to the scene of battle, telling him his men would fight none the worse for his presence; and that if it was deemed best not to intrust him with the command of even his own army, he simply desired permission to share their fate on the field of