and strong, and one battery of four pieces.
He had not been in chief command many days ere his restless spirit began to appear, and he seemed bent on mischief — if he could not beat the enemy, he was determined to annoy them.
As Washington was blockaded on the Lower Potomac by our batteries at Cockpit Point and other places, they still received large supplies by the Baltimore and Ohio Canal, which runs parallel with the Potomac from Washington, and branches off on the Upper Potomac to Wheeling.
If the dams could be destroyed up the river, Jackson conceived that it would sorely perplex the enemy to supply their large army around Washington.
Accordingly the General marched his force to the Potomac, and amid the cold and snows of this region had his men waist-deep in the river, endeavoring to tear down Dam no. 5.
Although much labor was expended night and day for several days, we did not accomplish our object, but lost somewhat from the continual fire of the enemy.