Army of the Potomac at this time, failing in its object, —the capture of Richmond, —was falling back on Harrison's Landing, on the James River.
The command of General Banks occupied the upper waters of the Potomac.
The army under General Burnside had captured Newbern, and other important places in North Carolina, and was holding port to the Adjutant-General of the army, at Washington.
The Forty-first Regiment, Colonel Chickering, left the State Nov. 5, and was ordered to report to Major-General Banks, at New York, who had superseded Major-General Butler in command of the Department of the Gulf, and who was then in New York, superintending the embarkationhers Massachusetts has sent.
If it shall be necessary to send them immediately into the field, it is the desire of Maggi to be assigned to Sigel, and of Wells to Banks; and I should like to have their wishes gratified.
Both these regiments would have gone a week ago, but for the delay in giving them their bounty and advance pay.