After the withdrawal of McDowell
from the Valley
, there was a lull in the active operations, and the construction corps was reorganized.
Up to this time it had been composed of details of soldiers.
It was now made up of a permanent personnel, assisted by details when necessary.
Under date of June 11, 1862, a set of regulations was promulgated by Colonel Haupt
for the guidance of the corps, and on June 20th, Haupt
, believing that he had accomplished the purpose for which he was brought to Washington
by the Secretary of War
, sent in a letter of resignation, stating that the communications were then all open, the roads in good condition, the trains running according to schedule, abundant supplies of stores for a week or more in advance already transported, and no probability of any new work for the construction corps for several weeks.
As characteristic of Secretary Stanton
, it may be noted that this letter was never answered.
On June 26th, General Pope
assumed command and persistently declined to notice Haupt
or the duties he had been performing.
tried to persuade him to do so, but Pope
declared that all such matters should be run by the Quartermaster's Department.
Consequently, Colonel Haupt
went to Washington
, reported the state of affairs to an assistant secretary of war, and proceeded to his home in Massachusetts
The understanding was that he was to return if needed.
Soon after his arrival home he received from the War Department the following telegram, “Come back immediately; cannot get along without you; not a wheel moving on any of the roads.”
He reported to General Pope
at Cedar Mountain
, and received orders to dictate such directions as he deemed necessary to the chief of staff
Orders were thereupon issued, placing Haupt
in entire charge of all transportation by railroad within the lines of operation of Pope
This was August 18th.
On August 19th, the Secretary of War
confirmed the order issued by General Pope
on the previous day.
During the retreat of General Pope
, the railroads under