ut April 1st, when our army began active operations in the field and recruiting should have been encouraged, the enrollment of troops was ordered to be stopped.
The War Governor of Pennsylvania [Andrew G. Curtin] notably disregarded this order.
His foresight was afterward recognized at Antietam, where he was able to render valuable assistance.
In the month of June, however, the policy had begun to change, and the troops in Northern Virginia were being placed in charge of an officer [General John Pope] called to Washington to take command of Banks and Fremont, perhaps McDowell, take the field against Jackson, and eventually supersede McClellan.
At the day the order of assignment was issued, June 27th, however, there was no enemy confronting that officer — Jackson having disappeared from Northern Virginia, and being in my front at Gaines's Mill.
About 2 o'clock P. M., on the 26th, the boom of a single cannon in the direction of Mechanicsville resounded through our camps.