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The permit will state the object of the visit. Brigade commanders will be held responsible for the strict execution of this order. Col. Andrew Porter, of the 16th U. S. Infantry, is detached for temporary duty as provost-marshal in Washington, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. Col. Porter will report in person at these headquarters for instructions. By command of Maj.-Gen. McClellan. (Signed) S. Williams, Asst. Adjt.-Gen. The effect of all this was that on the 4th of August I was able to write to one of my family: I have Washington perfectly quiet now; you would not know that there was a regiment here. I have restored order very completely already. In re-arranging the posts and organization of the troops I brought over to the Washington side of the river those regiments which had been most shaken and demoralized by the defeat of Bull Run, and retained them there, with the newly arriving regiments, until in fit condition to be trusted on the side towards
own convictions are strong. There are some things to which I cannot submit and to which nothing can induce me to yield. . . . 7.30 A. M., Aug. 3 (same letter). . . . One of my expeditions of last night failed: had to come back because the guides lost the way; will try it again to-night or to-morrow. The other one not yet heard from, but has, I hope, met with better luck than the first. . . . Everything quiet during the night; no firing and no stampede of any kind. . . . Berkley, Aug. 4, 6.30 P. M. . . . I was off on the other side of the river all day yesterday, where I had a hot and fatiguing tramp on foot, besides getting a little damp in the rain. Our enterprises on that side of the river were quite successful. I found a splendid position to cover that bank, so as to enable us to cross the army if necessary, as well as to prevent any more midnight serenades like that of last week. I now hold the other shore with a sufficient number of troops to prevent a surprise.
ning. The phrase movement has commenced, it need not be remarked, referred obviously to the movement of the main army after completing the necessary preliminary movements of the sick, etc. The perversion of the term to which the general-in-chief saw fit to give currency, in a letter to the Secretary of War, should have been here rendered impossible by the despatches which precede this of the 14th, which show that the movement really began immediately after the receipt of the order of Aug. 4. In a letter to the Secretary of War, Aug. 30, 1862, Gen Halleck said: It will be seen from my telegraphic correspondence that Gen. McClellan protested against the movement, and that it was not actually commenced till the 14th inst. After the commencement of the movement it was continued with the utmost rapidity until all the troops and material were en route, both by land and water, on the morning of the 16th. Late in the afternoon of that day, when the last man had disappeared f