all between fifty and sixty thousand men with him; and others were to follow as fast as means of transportation could be supplied.
It should here be borne in mind, as a matter of mere justice to General McClellan
, that for the successful execution of his projected expedition he had required that the whole of the four corps under his command should be employed, with the addition of ten thousand men drawn from the forces in the vicinity of Fortress Monroe
,--that position and its dependencies being regarded as amply protected by the naval force in its neighborhood.
Before he left Washington
, an order had been issued by the War Department, placing Fortress Monroe
and its dependencies under his control, and authorizing him to draw from the troops under General Wool
a division of about ten thousand men. And, in addition to the land-forces, the co-operation of the navy was deemed essential in order to reduce or silence the strong batteries which the Confederates
had erected at Yorktown
But he had hardly landed upon the Peninsula
when he was doomed to taste the bitterness of disappointed hope, and by another experience to have the conviction forced upon him that the Administration was unfaithful to him. During the night of the 3d of April, he received a telegram from the Adjutant-General
of the army, stating that, by the President
's order, he was deprived of all control over General Wool
and the troops under his command, and forbidden, without that officer's sanction, to detach any portion of his force.