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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, V. Pope's campaign in Northern Virginia. August, 1862. (search)
the object of this operation: In order to keep McClellan stationary, or, if possible, to cause hint to withdraw, General D. H. Hill, commanding south of James River was directed to threaten his communications by seizing favorable positions below Westover, from which to attack the transports in the river. Lee's Report: Reports of the Operations of Northern Virginia, vol. i., p. 15. This did little damage, however, and on the following morning General McClellan threw a force across the river, se instantly took measures accordingly. Nothing could be clearer than the evidence of General Lee on this point The corps of General Burnside, says he, had reached Fredericksburg, and a part of General McClellan's army was believed to have left Westover [Harri. son's Landing] to unite with Pope. It therefore seemed that active operation on the James were no longer contemplated, and that the most effectual way to relieve Richmond from any danger of attack from that quarter would be to reenforce