division consisted of the Department of Northeast Virginia, under McDowell, which comprised all the troops in front of Washington on the Pennme difficulty and fraught with great danger.
The defeated army of McDowell could not property be called an army — it was only a collection ofby every one.
There were about one thousand regular infantry with McDowell at Arlington.
These, with a regular battery and a squadron of regd I committed one of my greatest errors — that was in retaining Gen. McDowell on duty with the troops under my command.
I knew that he had bcommander in the field.
After Pope's campaign it was not safe for McDowell to visit the camps of his troops; the men declared that they wouldinfluence on the result.
Soon after my arrival I called upon Gen. McDowell, then in command of all the troops on the Virginia side, for a he 12th.
The formation of divisions was thus:
Aug. 24, 1861: McDowell's division, consisting of Keyes's and Wadsworth's brigades.