Whatever emotions General McClellan
may have felt on reading this order, his sense of duty as a patriotic citizen, and his instincts of obedience as a soldier, taught him to suppress all expression of them; and, in a note addressed by him to the President
on the 12th of March, the next day, he said, in language alike distinguished for good feeling and good taste,--
I believe I said to you, some weeks since, in connection with some Western matters, that no feeling of self-interest or ambition should ever prevent me from devoting myself to the service.
I am glad to have the opportunity to prove it; and you will find that, under present circumstances, I shall work just as cheerfully as before, and that no consideration of self will in any manner interfere with the discharge of my public duties.
On the 13th of March a council of war was assembled at Fairfax Court-House, to discuss the military position.
The President's order No. 3, of March 8, was considered.
As future events made the action of this council of considerable importance,