would have been an easy four days march for McDowell
's corps to have made the desired junction with the Army of the Potomac; but the junction never was made, and on the 27th of June the corps of McDowell
, and Banks
were consolidated into one body, called the Army of Virginia, and put under the command of General Pope
Whether this disposition of McDowell
's force was in consequence of a real and sudden change of opinion in the councils of the War Department, or whether there was never a settled purpose that he should go to Richmond
, and General McClellan
was only amused with hopes never meant to be realized, is a matter on which it is now useless to speculate.
There would be more of contempt in the one case, and more of indignation in the other; but it could make little difference practically with General McClellan
whether he was the victim of want of decision or want of frankness.
lie was entitled to fair dealing, and the country was entitled to consistency and firmness.
In the management of great interests like these, caprice expands to the dimensions of crime.
On the 13th of June the rebel General Stuart
, with fifteen hundred cavalry and four pieces of artillery, made a sudden dash upon a small cavalry force we had at Hanover Court-House, and overpowered them.
They then swept on to Tunstall's Station
on the York Railroad, made an attack upon a railway-train, which contrived to escape in spite of obstructions which had been laid upon the track, though the engineer and some of the passengers