with my duty, I shall always be ready to do whatever may alleviate it. I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Your most obedient servant, I. Mcdowell.
P. S.-I am informed it was the order of the general in chief if the troops on coming here should have found the family in the house, that no one should enter it, but that a guard should be placed for its protection.
Generals Scott and Lee were organizing their respective armies with the same celerity apparently, for on the 24th of June McDowell had twenty regiments of infantry, aggregating less than fourteen thousand men, two hundred and fifty cavalry, two batteries of light artillery, and three other batteries in the earthworks.
His field return, dated June 26th, makes his aggregate forces sixteen thousand six hundred and eleven.
At that time the Confederate army, under Beauregard, had nineteen regiments of infantry.
The Federal commander estimated Beauregard's force at twenty thousand, and a statement upon which he
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, on the morning of the 26th, at three o'clock, he informed Mr. Stanton that his impression was confirmed that Jackson would soon attack our right rear, and added if he had another good division he would laugh at Jackson.
At 9 A. M. on the morning of the 26th a negro servant who had been in the employ of some of the officers of the Twentieth Georgia was brought before him, and, after questioning him, he telegraphed Stanton, There is no doubt that Jackson is coming upon us.
At midnight on June 24th he had informed Stanton that a peculiar case of desertion had just occurred from the enemy.
The deserter stated that he had left Jackson, Whiting, and Ewell, and fifteen brigades at Gordonsville on the 21st, and that it was intended to attack his [McClellan's] rear on the 28th, and asked for the latest information about Jackson.
Mr. Stanton replied to him on June 25th, Jackson then being at Ashland, that he had no definite information as to the number or position of Jackson's forces; tha