fter, to a heavy cloud of dust, such as the marching of an army might raise, about ten miles from us, to the north-northwest — the direction of the road from Harper's Ferry.
This excited apprehensions of the near approach of General Patterson's army.
General McDowell had marched from the Potomac with instructions from the geould have been repelled, inevitably, and our half supply of ammunition exhausted; and the enemy, previously increased to seventy thousand men by the army from Harper's Ferry, and become the victorious party, could and would have resumed their march to Richmond without fear of further opposition.
And, if we had miraculously bees did not regard the capture of Washington by us as practicable, like the non-combatant authors of the criticisms to which I refer.
The fact that the army at Harper's Ferry was left idle there instead of being brought to Washington, is conclusive on that point.
I have never doubted the correctness of my course on that occasion.