wrote to me on the 30th of March, 1872: “In reply to your questions in relation to the withdrawal of the army from Centreville
and Bull Run
in March, 1862, I will state that, when you ordered the removal of the military stores from Manassas
, February 22d, your principal staff-officers were informed that the position of the army would be on the south side of the Rappahannock
, near the railroad-bridge.
I accompanied you from Manassas
to this position, and in such official and personal relations to you as to give me full knowledge of your correspondence, and I am sure that you received no dispatches from Richmond
on the way. You could have received no telegram, for there was no telegraph-office on our route.”
We reached the Rappahannock
before noon of the 11th, and the troops bivouacked immediately.
A telegraph-office was established afterward in a house near the bridge.1
If “imperative instructions” to halt ever came to me from Richmond
, it must have been when the army was established in its new position; so that they had no effect, and therefore made no impression on my memory.
The representatives of Northern Virginia
, in Congress, were greatly excited by the withdrawal of the army from Centreville
, and saw the President
on the subject.
This may have drawn from him an order to me to halt — after the fact.
3. The allegations of this paragraph are completely refuted by the narrative, from page 113 to page 116, the first part of my official report presented