join him. Lee understood this thoroughly, and Halleck and Pope understood it equally well; but Popeing could have suited Lee's plans better, but Halleck had not taken entire leave of his senses, ands most important correspondence with Lincoln, Halleck, and others.
Stuart had gotten Lee's permissnformation was promptly communicated to Pope, Halleck, and the leading generals, who began to guess.
He would, perhaps, have done this but that Halleck had ordered him to hold especially the lower d Thoroughfare Gap.
At daybreak he had wired Halleck as follows:—
We fought a terrific battle ry 1000 — total 20,500.
Having telegraphed Halleck that the Confederates were retreating, Pope nd over the same road.
Pope, in a despatch to Halleck during the night, had reported his falling bad McClellan.
He had graduated at the head of Halleck's class at West Point in 1839, and Halleck waHalleck was well acquainted with his military attainments.
Both Stevens and Kearny were favorites in the old