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Meanwhile Congress assembled.
Senators and representatives, with more zeal than knowledge, caught up and reiterated the cry, On to Richmond.
The impatient Congressmen were leading and influential.
They waited upon the President to complain of the inactivity of the army, and upon General Scott, urging him On to Richmond.
Army bills, prepared with deliberation by Senator Wilson, (in accordance with the views of the Government,) were emasculated by the House Military Committee, of which Mr. Blair is Chairman.
The President and his Cabinet had reason to apprehend — if not the censures of Congress — the failure of measures essential to the prosecution of the war, unless the Tribune order of On to Richmond was obeyed.
And now the sensation journals began to disparage the strength and courage of the rebel army.
The rebels will not fight!
The cowards will run! &c., &c., appeared in flaming capitals over flash paragraphs.
The whole popular mind was swayed by these frenzied appeals