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ected to an advance or other active operation which it was feasible for the army to undertake?
To the first question I reply, No; the pursuit was obstructed by the enemy's troops at Centreville, as I have stated in my official report.
In that report I have also said why no advance was made upon the enemy's capital for reasons as follows:
The apparent freshness of the United States troops at Centreville, which checked our pursuit, the strong forces occupying the works near Georgetown, Arlington, and Alexandria; the certainty, too, that General Patterson, if needed, would reach Washington with his army of more than thirty thousand sooner than we could; and the condition and inadequate means of the army in ammunition, provisions, and transportation, prevented any serious thought of advancing upon the Capitol.
To the second question I reply that it has never been feasible for the army to advance farther than it has done — to the line of Fairfax Court-House, with its advanced pos