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Washington is quiet to-day as yet. There are considerable additions to be made to the works on the other side, and, indeed, there is a hill in front of one of the redoubts which commands it a trifle, and which it is an oversight not to fortify.
In a few days, if a column is ready, I hope to be able to accompany it.
Mr. Russell's Third letter on Bull Run
The rebel army could have entered Washington — He speculates as to the reasons why it did not.
Washington, July 29, 1861.
On this day week the Confederates could have marched into the capital of the United States. They took no immediate steps to follow up their unexpected success.
To this moment their movements have betrayed no fixity of purpose or settled plan to pursue an aggressive war, or even to liberate Maryland if they have the means of doing so.
And, indeed, their success was, as I suspected, not known to them in its full proportions, and their loss, combined, perhaps, with the condition of