ired to take this double precaution.
In order to bring troops upon ground with which they are already familiar, it would be best to move Porter's corps upon Upton's Hill, that it may occupy Hall's Hill, etc.; McDowell's to Upton's Hill; Franklin's to the works in front of Alexandria; Heintzelman's to the same vicinity; Couch toUpton's Hill; Franklin's to the works in front of Alexandria; Heintzelman's to the same vicinity; Couch to Fort Corcoran, or, if practicable, to the Chain bridge; Sumner either to Fort Albany or to Alexandria, as may be most convenient.
In haste, general, very truly yours, Geo. B. Mcclellan, Maj.-Gen. U. S. A.
In a very short time I had made all the requisite preparations and was about to start to the front in person to assumes, recognized an intent to interfere between him and the President's unlimited trust we cannot know.
He obeyed the instruction.
But when in the afternoon, at Upton's Hill, the farthest — out fortification, he met Pope and McDowell leading the retreat into Washington, and heard the sound of artillery-firing on the Army of the Pot