st under and amid the spurs of the grand mountains in the vicinity of Sperryville; where, on the 26th day of June, with the roar of booming cannon, the echoes of which were heard as far away as Gordonsville, was organized from the armies of Fremont, Banks and McDowell, the army of Virginia, under Maj.-Gen. John Pope. . Its three corps, of now well-rested veterans, were prepared for another campaign—to essay another on to Richmond from another direction.
The 13,000 men under Burnside, in North Carolina, were hastened to the Potomac end of the Richmond, Potomac & Fredericksburg railroad at Aquia creek, to guard the left of the new movement; and preparations were hastened to bring back the great host still on the James with McClellan, and add that to the new army of Virginia.
Excellent highways led from the Rappahannock region, where Pope was encamped, to Gordonsville and Culpeper, and the march was not a long one to either of these places.
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