A breathing spell
Federal Encampment at Blackburn's Ford on Bull Run, July 4, 1862.
When McClellan went to the Peninsula in March of 1862 he had expected all of McDowell's Corps to be sent him as reenforcement before he made the final advance on Richmond.
But the brilliant exploits of Jackson in the Shenandoah required the retention of all the troops in the vicinity of Washington.
A new army, in fact, was created to make the campaign which Lincoln had originally wanted McClellan to carry out. The command was given to General John Pope, whose capture of Island No.10 in the Mississippi had brought him into national importance.
The corps of Banks, Fremont, and McDowell were consolidated to form this new army, called the “Army of Virginia.”
General Fremont refused to serve under his junior, and his force was given to Franz Sigel, who had won fame in 1861 in Missouri.
This picture was taken about two weeks after the reorganization was completed.
The soldiers are those of McDowell's Corps.
They are on the old battlefield of Bull Run, enjoying the leisure of Camp life, for no definite plans for the campaign have yet been formed. |