with all the speed we could command after the army.
We rode up the Catoctin Valley over an unguarded road.
From the poor condition of our horse we had to be satisfied with thirtyfive miles the first day. The next day, the 7th, getting an early start, we made Rectortown by 11 A. M. Owing to a severe snowstorm, that portion of the army near Rectortown and the general headquarters did not stir.
Immediately upon my arrival I visited General Mc Clellan; found him and his adjutant general, Seth Williams, together in a comfortable tent.
From them I received a cordial welcome.
McClellan thought I must be a Jonah to bring such a storm and was half minded to order me back.
He said that they were talking of me and were really glad to see me. I went thence to our corps, and was pleasantly welcomed by our new commander, General Couch, and very soon fell into the old place — the headquarters of the second division.
Here, surrounded by my staff, I was in heart again, for it had been a great