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rts. In the spirited narrative of the 7th Regiment's march, written by Fitz James O'Brien for the New York Times, he says: The secret of this forced march, as well as an unexpected descent on Annapolis, was the result of Colonel Lefferts' judgment, which has since been sustained by events. . . . The fact that since then all the Northern troops have passed through the line that we thus opened is a sufficient comment on the admirable judgment that decided the movement. Rebellion Record, I, (Doc.) 153. O'Brien was not correct in attributing the action to the judgment of Colonel Lefferts; for it had been virtually decided upon by General Patterson, General Cadwallader, Admiral Dupont, the mayor of Philadelphia and the two railroad presidents; but the prompt and soldierly action of Colonel Lefferts in telegraphing a recommendation of the plan to the War Department—a thing which General Butler should have done, but omitted—doubtless had its part in determining the action of that departm