this battle, in which Massachusetts men were depended on for the execution of details which their judgment condemned, it is not improbable that we should now rejoice in a victory for our arms. As it was, our men were deliberately murdered by the mismanagement of ‘someone.’ Who that ‘someone’ is, future investigation will show. Our men fought for victory, and they now demand to know why they were not victorious; why this sacrifice of a small force when thirty thousand were within two hour's march; why proper transportation was not prepared,— when four months have been idled away upon this shore of the Potomac with the enemy in front; why the right wing was provided with no proper means of retreat, reinforcement or support; why, when the left wing of our forces had outflanked the enemy, it did not advance and wrest from him a victory upon the ground already moist with the blood of Baker and of the gallant men who had so nobly contested for its possession, inch by inch? Indeed, had Gorman's force been thrown upon the enemy's flank with celerity, victory would have been ours, notwithstanding the unfortunate selection of ground upon which the attack by the right wing was made,—and that, too, with no greater actual losses than we have already sustained—and the entire force of the enemy engaged must have fallen into our hands, and the way left clear for an advance upon and the capture of Leesburg. All night and day and night again did the little force under my command anxiously expect to hear the report of Gorman's guns upon the enemy's right, that the attack in front might be renewed and our wounded and prisoners, with the bodies of our dead, rescued from the hands of the enemy. But no attack was heard and we were left only to infer that all attempts to turn defeat into victory had been abandoned. Hoping for better luck, and more pluck, next time, I am, Very truly yours,
Edw. W. Hinks, Col. 19th., Commanding, Brigade.
Colonel Hinks' report to Brig. Gen. Lander, dated Oct. 23, 1861, at Camp Benton, closes as follows:
I cannot close this report with justice to our troops, who fought valiantly, without commenting upon the causes