stores and much valuable property.
The mass of the army advanced to the vicinity of Fairfax Court-House, and General McClellan
himself went to Manassas
The roads were in so impassable a condition that a rapid pursuit of an enemy who burned or broke up all the bridges behind him in his retreat was impossible.
The main body of the army was on the 15th of March moved back to the vicinity of Alexandria
, to be embarked.
It was while General McClellan
was absent on this brief reconnoissance in force that the President
saw fit to remove him from the position of general-in-chief, by the following order, which appeared in the National Intelligencer of Marc h 12, and which General McClellan
heard of for the first time at Fairfax Court-House.