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The Daily Dispatch: November 30, 1861., [Electronic resource], Mr. Russell's letters to the London times. (search)
. Patterson had 10,000 men and six guns, the latter immovable for want of harness. On the 28th he informed the General of the strength of the enemy, and of his own force; that he would not, on his own responsibility, attack without artillery, but would do so cheerfully and promptly, if he would give him an explicit order to that effect. No order was gives. On the 20th he received the harness for his single battery of six smooth bore guns, and on the 30th gave the order to cross. On the 2d of July he crossed, met the enemy, and whipped them. On July 9 a council was held, at which all the commanders of divisions and brigades and chiefs of staff, were present. Col. Stone, the junior line officer, spoke twice and decidedly against an advance, advocating a direct movement to Shepherdstown and Charlestown.--All who spoke opposed an advance, and all voted against one. On the same day he informed the General-in-Chief of the condition of affairs in the valley, and proposed that he sh