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scents. The affairs of the quartermaster's department are reported as going on well. It is said that the Bull Run bridge will be repaired by to-morrow. The disembarkation of Sumner's corps commenced at Acquia yesterday afternoon. I found that he could reach Rappahannock Station earlier that way than from here. On the same day I received the following from Gen. Halleck: Aug. 27 Telegrams from Gen. Porter to Gen. Burnside, just received, say that Banks is at Fayetteville; McDowell, Sigel, and Ricketts near Warrenton; Reno on his right. Porter is marching on Warrenton Junction to reinforce Pope. Nothing said of Heintzelman. Porter reports a general battle imminent. Franklin's corps should move out by forced marches, carrying three or four days provisions, and to be supplied, as far as possible, by railroad. Perhaps you may prefer some other road than to Centreville. Col. Haupt has just telegraphed about sending out troops. Please see him and give him your direc
distance. My men engaged in it and I away! I never felt worse in my life. Sunday (31st), 9.30 A. M. . . . There was a severe battle yesterday, and almost exactly on the old Bull Run battle-ground. Pope sent in accounts during the day that he was getting on splendidly, driving the enemy all day, gaining a glorious victory, etc., etc. About three this morning Hammerstein returned from the field (where I had sent him to procure information), and told me that we were badly whipped, McDowell's and Sigel's corps broken, the corps of my own army that were present (Porter and Heintzelman) badly cut up but in perfect order. Banks was not engaged. Franklin had arrived and was in position at Centreville. Sumner must have got up by this time. Couch's division is about starting. It is probable that the enemy are too much fatigued to renew the attack this morning, perhaps not at all to-day; so that time may be given to our people to make such arrangements as will enable them to hol
t would be best to move Porter's corps upon Upton's Hill, that it may occupy Hall's Hill, etc.; McDowell's to Upton's Hill; Franklin's to the works in front of Alexandria; Heintzelman's to the same vide at once to Munson's Hill. About the time I reached there the infantry of King's division of McDowell's corps commenced arriving, and I halted them and ordered them into position. Very soon — withes--a regiment of cavalry appeared, marching by twos, and sandwiched in the midst were Pope and McDowell with their staff officers. I never saw a more helpless-looking headquarters. About this time d coolly preceded the troops, leaving them to get out of the scrape as best they could. He and McDowell both asked my permission to go on to Washington, to which I assented, remarking at the same tim But when in the afternoon, at Upton's Hill, the farthest — out fortification, he met Pope and McDowell leading the retreat into Washington, and heard the sound of artillery-firing on the Army of the
duty could have induced me to accept the command under such circumstances. Not feeling at all sure that I could do anything, I felt that under the circumstances no one else could save the country, and I have not shrunk from the terrible task. McDowell's own men would have killed him had he made his appearance among them; even his staff did not dare to go among his men. I can afford to forgive and forget him. I saw Pope and McDowell for a few moments at Upton's Hill when I rode out to meet theMcDowell for a few moments at Upton's Hill when I rode out to meet the troops and assume command. I have not seen them since; I hope never to lay eyes on them again. Between them they are responsible for the lives of many of my best and bravest men. They have done all they could (unintentionally, I hope) to ruin and destroy the country. I can never forgive them that. Pope has been foolish enough to try to throw the blame of his defeat on the Army of the Potomac. He would have been wiser to have accepted his defeat without complaint. I will probably move some
G.. 321, 417. Cooke, Capt., 577, 578, 605. Cooper, Capt., 430, 431. Corps, organization, 222, 342. Commanders : 1st, McDowell, Hooker 2d, Sumner ; 3d, Heintzelman ; 4th Keyes ; 5th, Porter ; 6th, Franklin 9th. Burnside ; 12th, Banks, Mansfield. 12th Mar., 248. To Marcy, 13th Mar., 250 ; 7th May, 302. To Tucker, 13th Mar., 251. To Van Vliet 13th Mar., 251. To McDowell, 13th Mar., 251. To Heintzelman, 28th Mar., 252; 4th May, 298. To Blenker, 29th Mar., 292 To Smith (W. F.). 15th Apr.,, 299.--Hooker to McClellan, 5th May, 302.--Keyes to McClellan, 4th, 5th May, 303, 301. To Sen. Harris, 7th Apr., 267.--McDowell to McClellan. 22d May, 347, To Stanton, 26th May, 369.-Marcy to Tucker, 5th May, 297.-Missroom to McClellan, 6th Apr., ; reasons for withdrawals, 276, 277; misled as to force, 277, 278 ; insists on advance, 277 ; advises caution, 351, 364; McDowell's withdrawal, attack or give up. 367 ; doubts, 373 ; congratulations 374, 583; anxious. 385; thanks army, 484, 486 : d
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