he organization, and some little to our forces.
I have now about 80 field-guns (there were but 49 at Bull Run), and by Saturday will have 112.
There were only some 400 cavalry at Bull Run; I now have about 1,200, and by the close of the week will have some 3,000.
I am gaining rapidly in every way. I can now defend Washington with almost perfect certainty.
When I came here it could have been taken with the utmost ease.
In a week I ought to be perfectly safe and be prepared to defend all Maryland; in another week to advance our position.
. . . The men were very enthusiastic and looked well.
My old State will come out handsomely.
I have been much vexed to-night by sundry troublesome things; the only comfort has been your father's arrival, which is a great relief to me. I like to see that cool, steady head near me.
. . . Yesterday I rode to Alexandria and reviewed four brigades — that is, seventeen regiments. . . Beauregard has missed his chance, and I have gained