's forces would be exposed to the heavy blows of the enemy, without the slightest hope of assistance from General McClellan
A majority of the highest officers of the Army of the Potomac were decidedly in favor of the movement.
All General McClellan
's plans required reinforcements; but reinforcements could not be had.
There was nothing, of course, for General McClellan
to do but to submit, and obey the orders of his superior,--which he did with a heavy heart.
In the mean time, the removal of the sick, in compliance with the order of July 30, was going on as rapidly as possible, though somewhat interrupted by another order, of August 6, directing the immediate shipment of a regiment of cavalry and several batteries of artillery to Burnside
's command at Acquia Creek
The order of August 3d also required the transportation of a great amount of material.
All this was obviously a work of time; but in spite of this, in spite of General McClellan
's repeated and emphatic assertions to the contrary, General Halleck
's mind became possessed with the notion that the removal of the sick had not been begun when the order was first received, and that the whole business of transportation was not pushed on so rapidly as it should have been.
But General McClellan
never received from the Administration “that forbearance, patience, and confidence” for which he had asked,--and which every soldier has a right to ask,--but always had a countenance of suspicion and distrust turned