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clear that the men brought together on the upper Potomac under Gen. Patterson, and those under General Butler at Fortress Monroe, were never very expedition. The same, also, is true of the movements of General Patterson on the Upper Potomac. Those movements were, from the beginnixplain many of his movements, before misunderstood. He knew that Patterson meant nothing serious, and under no circumstances would engage hi. Johnston had it in his power to be with Beauregard hours before Patterson could be before Fairfax. It was in consequence of this that just before the advance Scott ordered Patterson to engage Johnston near Winchester at any odds and at whatever cost. This Patterson, no douboriginal plan was at last resorted to. Unable to engage Johnston, Patterson was immediately ordered on to Fairfax. He left Martinsburg on Wed this was also reported. Still it was necessary to be sure that Patterson's movement was not a feint. So soon as this was determined, John
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perly posted, could have driven them off the field; but the force was not at hand. They charged among the teamsters and created a panic, which was more destructive than their swords. Capt. Dolliver remarked to Dr. Russell that he thought the troops from the front as they came up would stop their retreat at a certain point; but the Doctor said,"No, they are all more or less infected; it is painful — very painful; so we must look out to make good our own retreat." Capt. Dolliver and Dr. Russell retreated in company until all danger from the victorious rebels was past. Capt. Dolliver, says that the men suffered much from want of water, and that they had been inspired with the hope of water, and that they had been inspired with the hope of Gen. Butler bearing down upon one flank and Gen. Patterson upon the other, while they drove in the centre. They fought confident that victory was within their grasp, and knew not the disaster in the rear until too late to retrieve it.