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we held our own there, but that a strong column under Colonel Hunter had successfully crossed higher up at Sudley Ford, dridley Road. This handful of troops resisted the advance of Hunter, until they were compelled by superior numbers to retire aSudley Ford is slowly retiring before the four brigades of Hunter. Then Colonel Heintzelman, with the Second division, is sbetween these two valiant leaders; and joining forces with Hunter, he proceeds-still at right angles with the river — to Stoe fight up to this time had been desperate. The attack on Hunter's column at Sudley Ford was made by Evans with a full cons enemy with long bowie-knives. But when it was known that Hunter had crossed at Sudley Ford, and formed a junction with Hei horror. It is only fair to state that the Federal Colonels Hunter, Heintzelman, and others, nobly did their duty, and han for a general advance. On the side of the enemy, Colonels Hunter, Heintzelman, Sherman, Burnside, Keyes, and others, sa
much, I think. Prisoners from McClellan's men say that the whole army was disaffected, and that general officers made no bones about calling Pope a fool publicly. True, those troops of McClellan, which arrived on the twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth did not do much, as you say, but I can assure you they suffered much-yes, horribly-and more's the pity that such willing men should have been sent to wholesale slaughter under the orders of such a cabbage-head as Pope. Parts of Burnside's and Hunter's troops which had been long in the field and had been hurried on to Pope, were expected to work wonders, but, upon the proof, broke into disorder. Besides, we had no regular supplies. Your generals had appropriated or destroyed the d6p6ts at Manassas; the railroad to our rear also had been destroyed in part by your cavalry, so that, you may scarcely believe it, we have been living for the past week very irregularly and precariously, while, worse than all, our ammunition was scant, and the