indicated by the finding of freshly killed beeves not yet cut up. The estate upon which the 1st Division encamped at Brandy Station
belonged to John Minor Botts
, one of the rare Union men of the south.
One day he approached the headquarters of the 2d Brigade, but being clad in citizen's clothes, Captain Wilson
's dog refused to let him approach, and had to be called off with stern reproof.
The encampment at Brandy Station
was maintained only long enough to repair the railroad back to Centerville
and bring up needed supplies, when another advance began.
had distributed his army south of the Rapidan River
, in positions favorable for winter quarters, and General Meade
thought that by a rapid advance, he might attack and defeat the division that was encamped along Mine Run
In this movement the 3d Corps, commanded by General French
, moved very slowly and made several blunders as to roads, and so obstructed the 6th Corps following, that the 121st bringing up the rear of the corps did not cross the Rapidan
until after daylight on the 27th.
This delay enabled General Lee
to concentrate his forces behind the defenses of Mine Run
, and greatly strengthen them.
It was after sunset of the next day before the Sixth Corps occupied its allotted position in front of the Confederate
A council of officers was called, at which General Sedgwick
expressed his confidence that he could successfully assault the works in his front.
But in the morning when the attack was ordered to be begun, General Warren
who was to begin it, hesitated, and waited for further instructions from General Meade
, who revoked the order for the assault and directed the return of the army to its former camp on Hazel River
The position occupied by the Second