together all the troops within his reach; Williams
was recalled from his march toward Manassas
, with the request that his rear brigade, already 20 miles away, should march all night and rejoin him on the morning of the 24th.
He gathered all the men he could find in his rear to join him by forced night marches.
was halted, on his way to Washington
, at Harper's Ferry
He promptly ordered back all of Williams
' division and returned at once to Winchester
, retaining Sedgwick
at Harper's Ferry
's prompt action and bold attack had completely changed McClellan
's plans, and instead of establishing Banks
with 20,000 men, he ordered him to remain in the Valley
with all these forces and sent him 10,000 more, detached from his own army, to aid in driving back Jackson
or to meet another anticipated attack.
sent his orders to Banks
on the 1st day of April, from the steamer on which he was just starting to join his command at Fortress Monroe
Disquieted by what had happened, Lincoln
ordered the retention of Mc-Dowell's corps in front of Washington
until further orders.
On the 1st of April, 73,456 men and 109 cannon were held for the defense of that city.
Of these, 18,000 were in the forts around Washington
, 1,350 along the Potomac
above that city, 10,859 at Manassas
, 7,780 at Warrenton
, and 35,467 (including the 10,000 under Blenker
ordered to him) were with Banks
in the Shenandoah valley.
, on the 3d of April, detained McDowell
's corps, it was, as he informed McClellan
on the 9th, because he feared that the Confederates
might turn back from the Rappahannock
and sack Washington
On the 4th, McDowell
was put in command of the forces between the Blue ridge
, including those in the defenses of Washington; his command, thus made independent of McClellan
, was called the department of the Rappahannock; Banks
was placed in command of the department of the Shenandoah, including that valley and its extension into Maryland
, and Fremont
was put in command of the Mountain department, embracing the Appalachian region west of the Valley
established his headquarters at Woodstock
March 24th, at Narrow Passage the 26th, and at Hawkinstown on the 29th.
made an advance on the