l mask nearly all of a battle in front of the corpse d'armee, or of the divisions either.
11 P. M.--There is a council of the three or four best minds in the army at this late hour of the night.
If they decide that we are not strong enough to maintain our position against the long-accumulated numbers of the enemy, and that we must retreat to-morrow, on whom shall rest the grievous responsibility of resisting or refusing McClellan's appeals for reinforcements?
Later--12½ A. M.--Count de Paris took prisoner a Confederate Major, who belonged to Jackson's army.
He said he had been in the Valley of the Shenandoah all winter, and came here yesterday with part of Jackson's army.
The rest of it arrived this morning.
The whole of it was here.
He said that in the attack on our right the Confederates had from sixty to eighty thousand troops.
This will explain the enormous fire under which our men were borne down and swept away, precisely as some of the regiments were swept away at