d placed him in command of the three separate armies of Fremont and Banks, in the Valley of Virginia, and McDowell near Fredericksburg.
McDowell would have been the fittest selection, but he and Banks, both seniors to Pope, submitted without a word; as did also Sumneron the right, and Winder's on the left, had formed line in front of Banks's corps, which had been encountered at Cedar Mountain, some seven mad not been thoroughly examined.
Pope, in his report, asserts that Banks had been ordered to take a strong position and hold it, awaiting rehad used expressions in orders, sent by his Chief of Cavalry, which Banks understood as permission to attack if the enemy were not in great force.
Being, personally, both brave and aggressive, Banks thought the opportunity had arrived, and before Jackson was ready to advance, betegram's battery, — crossed the creek, and continued the pursuit.
Banks's corps, however, had, in its retreat, met Ricketts's division of M