should be attacked in front at Manassas
, or whether a movement should be made down to the Lower Chesapeake
After a full discussion, four of the officers — McDowell
, and Barnard
— approved of the former plan, and the remainder of the latter.
The details were not considered as fixed; though it was generally understood that the point of destination and landing was Urbana
, on the Rappahannock
At the close of this council of officers, nothing had transpired to lead General McClellan
to suppose that there was any lingering distrust of him in the President
's mind; and he was therefore much and painfully surprised to learn that on that very 8th day of March the President
, without consulting him, had issued two important military orders.
The first of these was as follows:--