tions, and our people both North and South; and that nothing but what is necessary for this purpose should go elsewhere.
General Franklin suggested whether Governor Chase, in view of what we were charged to do, might not be at liberty to tell us where General Burnside's expedition had gone?
I went and asked him. He told me thald have all our work to do over again.
Mr. Seward thought if we only had a victory over them it would answer, whether obtained at Manassas or further south.
Governor Chase replied in general terms to Judge Blair, to the effect that the moral power of a victory over the enemy, in his present position, would be as great as one elsthe question of the movement to be made, etc., etc.
Monday, January 13.
Went to the President's with the Secretary of Treasury.
Present, the President, Governor Chase, Governor Seward, Postmaster-General, General McClellan, General Meigs, General Franklin, and myself, and, I think, the Assistant Secretary of War.
lled a trap for Jackson—a trap for the wily fox who was master of every gap and gorge in the Valley!
Now this pretty scheme involved the converging movements of Fremont from the west, and McDowell from the east, upon Strasburg.
The two columns moved rapidly; they had almost effected a junction on the 31st; but that very day Jackson, falling back from Harper's Ferry, slipped between the two, and made good his retreat up the Valley, leaving his opponents to follow in a long and fruitless Chevy Chase, all the time a day behind.
The pursuers did their best: they pushed on, Fremont following in the path of Jackson up the Valley of the Shenandoah; while McDowell sent forward Shields' division by the lateral Luray Valley, with a view to head him off when he should attempt to break through the gaps of the Blue Ridge.
Jackson reached Harrisonburg on the 5th of June; Fremont the next day. There Jackson diverged eastward to cross the Shenandoah at Port Republic, the only point where there