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this, he calculated, would require an aggregate of 240,000 men on his muster-rolls, including the sick and absent, while he had but 168,318, with 228 field guns, present, and 6 more batteries on the way from New York.
Thus his army, which by December 1st had been swelled nearly to 200,000, and for the three months succeeding averaged about 220,000 men,
Dec. 1, 198,213; Jan. 1, 219,707; Feb. 1, 222,196; March 1, 221,987. was at no time large enough, according to his computation, to justify aDec. 1, 198,213; Jan. 1, 219,707; Feb. 1, 222,196; March 1, 221,987. was at no time large enough, according to his computation, to justify a determined offensive, since he persisted in computing the Rebel army confronting him at no less than 1500,000 strong, well drilled and equipped, ably commanded and strongly intrenched.
Letter to the Secretary of War.
Now, the movement first contemplated, by way of the Rappahannock and Urbana — still more, that ultimately decided on by way of Fortress Monroe and the Peninsula — involved a division of his army, and the reservation of a considerable part of it for the protection of Washingt
g stronger each hour — would be to expose it to defeat in a position where defeat was sure to be disastrous, and might prove ruinous.
Meade decided, therefore, to back out — and this was the least wretched part of the entire wretched business.
He says he should have marched to the heights of Fredericksburg, if Halleck had left him at liberty to do so; but he probably evinced more sense, if less spirit, in plumply retreating, so bringing his army back across the Rapidan during the night,
Dec. 1-2 and taking up his pontoons next morning, without having been pursued, or anywise molested during his retreat.
Gen. A. P. Howe, testifying before the Committee on the Conduct of the War, thus sums up the judgment of those officers of his army who were dissatisfied with Meade's leadership:
I do not think they have full confidence in the ability or state of mind of Gen. Meade.
What I mean by that is the animus that directs the movements of the army.
They do not think there is that he