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, by a system of hurried marches and combinations, which compelled Jackson to retire, by threatening his subsistence-trains. As much has been said about General Lander's marching on Winchester, it may be remarked that he has never been ordered east of Romney, and all he has done since his reoccupation of that point, has been done at the risk of displeasing in high quarters. I was informed, by very good authority, that Lander would fight Jackson, in force, in his own department, but could not proceed beyond it unless to support Gen. Banks, should he need his assistance. He captured four thousand bushels of corn and two hundred and twenty-five beef-cattle, from one of the rebel depots, forty miles south of Romney, a few days since. His men, on their marches, usually take rations in their haversacks, and beef-cattle are driven loose with the command. They have made some astonishing marches for raw troops, and in their numerous skirmishes, they have had no support from artillery.
and nothing but his sudden pursuit by our army has perhaps prevented him from doing it. It has blown up or otherwise destroyed every bridge and culvert on turnpike and railroad along its route. It has swept clean every camp, except the few at Manassas Junction, whence its rear-guard evidently departed in hastened alarm at the sudden approach of our army. Never was an evacuation more complete. II. Gen. Jackson has escaped from Shenandoah Valley, burning bridges between himself and Gen. Banks. This is positively stated by escaped contrabands coming in to night. III. The number of camps and barracks scattered far and wide would afford, even as they stand now, accommodation for near seventy thousand men, and this only refers to those within eight miles of Centreville. IV. A large portion of this evacuation must have been gradually accomplished during the past two months. But nearly fifty thousand rebels were here and at Manassas within the last week, of whom ten thousand
ommands of corps, shall be embraced in and form part of their respective corps. III. The forces left for the defence of Washington will be placed in command of Brig.-General James Wadsworth, who shall also be Military Governor of the District of Columbia. IV. That this order be executed with such promptness and despatch, as not to delay the commencement of the operations already directed to be undertaken by the Army of the Potomac. V. A fifth Army Corps, to be commanded by Major-Gen. N. P. Banks, will be formed from his own and Gen. Shields's, late Gen. Lander's, division. Abraham Lincoln. Executive mansion, Washington, March 11, 1862. President's War Order, No. 3. Major-Gen. McClellan having personally taken the field at the head of the Army of the Potomac until otherwise ordered, he is relieved from the command of the other military departments, he retaining command of the Department of the Potomac. Ordered, further, That the two departments now under the respec
as thick as ants. We found that the most infamous stories had been circulated here as elsewhere all along the route, of the Lincoln horde; of their intention to ravish women, murder children, and arm the slaves against their masters, etc. General Banks will not stop here. Strasburgh is only eighteen miles off, and that place will succumb ere many days. At Charlestown the women still remain bitter and intense foes of the, Union, while nearly all the men are off, enrolled in the confederate will plunge his sword deep into your hearts. With a grand air, this tragedy-queen slammed the door. Such is the madness of our Southern brethren, fearfully deluded by their infamous leaders. A strong instance of this occurred, just before General Banks entered Charlestown. Several members of his staff rode up to R. M. T. Hunter's house, and stated that the General had requested them to state that he wished to make the mansion his headquarters. The ladies, refined and intelligent, burst in
on, Winchester, Va., March 29, 1862. To Major-General Banks: sir: I have the honor to report thaacked and drove in our pickets. By order of Gen. Banks, I put my command under arms and pushed forw of Winchester. On the twenty-second all of Gen. Banks's command, with the exception of my division had become familiar and contemptible to us. Gen. Banks, who was yet here in person, upon hearing thext morning, and they commenced to retreat. Gen. Banks returned from Harper's Ferry between nine and a subtle and barbarous enemy. (Signed) N. P. Banks. headquarters Gen. Shields' division, Winct that of Ashby's cavalry. Gen. Shields and Gen. Banks, after consulting together, came to the concn was nowhere in the vicinity, and therefore Gen. Banks took his departure for Washington. Althoughordered back a part of Williams's division. Gen. Banks himself returned, and after making a hasty vthe enemy fell rapidly back towards Newton. Gen. Banks had been called away to Washington, and was [13 more...]