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day he was sent for by the President, who expressed his dissatisfaction with the affair of Harper's Ferry and with the plans for the new movement down the Chesapeake.
Explanations were made which, apparently, satisfied the President's mind.
At a later hour in the day, the meeting of general officers which had been called was held at Headquarters.
The officers present (besides General McClellan) were Generals McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, Franklin, Fitz-John Porter, Andrew Porter, Smith, McCall, Blenker, Negley, and Barnard.
The President of the United States was also there.
The plans of General McClellan were fully explained to the council, and the general question submitted to them was whether the enemy should be attacked in front at Manassas and Centreville, or whether a movement should be made down to the Lower Chesapeake.
After a full discussion, four of the officers — McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, and Barnard — approved of the former plan, and the remainder of the