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u left I ascertained that less than 20,000 unorganized men, without a single field battery, were all you designed to be left for the defence of Washington and Manassas Junction, and a part of these even was to go to Gen. Hooker sold position Gen. Banks corps, once designed for Manassas Junction was divided and tied up on the line of Winchester and Strasburg, and could not leave it without again exposing the Upper Potomac and the Baltimore and Ohio Road. This presented, or would present, when Gens, McDowell or Sumner should be gone, a great temptation to the enemy to turn back from the Rappahannock and sack Washington. By explicit directions that Washington should by the judgement of all the commanders of corps, be left entirely secure, had been entirely neglected. It was precisely this that drove me to detain McDowell. I do not forget that I was satisfied with your arrangement to have Banks at Manassas Junction; but when that arrangement was broken up, and nothing was substitut