ed upon by the President in the presence of his Cabinet.
The President having, on the 31st of January, ordered the movement of all the disposable force of the Army of the Potomac, for the purpose of seizing a point on the railroad beyond Manassas Junction, General McClellan on the same day submitted his own plan for moving on Richmond by way of Urbana, on the lower Rappahannock.
On the 8th of March, yielding to General McClellan's views, supported by the majority of his division commanders, front of the Virginia line of 25,000 men would suffice (Keyes, Heintzelman, and McDowell). A total of 40,000 men for the defense of the city would suffice.
（Sumner.) Upon this point the President's orders were: 1st.
Leave such a force at Manassas Junction as shall make it entirely certain that the enemy shall not repossess himself of that position and line of communication.
Leave Washington secure.
On the 1st of April, as he was on the point of sailing, General McClellan reported fr