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The instructions I gave on the 16th of March were to the effect that Manassas Junction should be strongly entrenched, using the enemy's works as far as possible, and that Gen. Banks should put the mass of his forces there, with grand guards at Warrenton or Warrenton Junction, and, if possible, as far out as the Rappahannock; the country to be thoroughly scouted by cavalry, the railway from Washington to Manassas and thence to Strasburg to be at once repaired and put in running order, all the bgton, Lee would not have ventured to cross the Potomac. On the 1st of April, in view of what had occurred meanwhile, I temporarily changed the arrangements to the extent of leaving Banks in the Shenandoah. I placed Abercrombie in command at Warrenton and Manassas, under Banks's general orders, with 7,780 men at the former and 10,859 men at the latter place, and 18,000 men in Washington so that if Abercrombie was obliged to retire upon Washington there would be concentrated there 36,639 men,
Gen. Halleck: Aug. 27 Telegrams from Gen. Porter to Gen. Burnside, just received, say that Banks is at Fayetteville; McDowell, Sigel, and Ricketts near Warrenton; Reno on his right. Porter is marching on Warrenton Junction to reinforce Pope. Nothing said of Heintzelman. Porter reports a general battle imminent. FranklSumner is now landing at Acquia. Where is Pope's left, and what of enemy? Enemy burned Bull Run bridge last night with cavalry force. Maj.-Gen. Heintzelman, Warrenton. Maj.-Gen. Porter, Bealeton. P. S. If these general officers are not at the places named, nearest operator will please have message forwarded. I also ved, would it not be advisable to throw the mass of Sumner's corps here, to move out with Franklin to Centreville or vicinity? If a decisive battle is fought at Warrenton, a disaster would leave any troops on lower Rappahannock in a dangerous position. They would do better service in front of Washington. Alexandria, Aug.
n. . . . Our affairs here are much tangled up, and I opine that in a day or two your old husband will be called upon to unravel them. In the meantime I shall be very patient, do to the best of my ability whatever I am called upon to do, and wait my time. I hope to have my part of the work pretty well straightened out to-day. In that case I shall move up to Washington this evening. . . . Have just heard that it is probable that a general engagement will be fought to-day or to-morrow near Warrenton . . . . Aug. 28, 9.30 A. M., steamer Ariel. I am just about starting back for Alexandria. I came up here (Washington) last night; reached Halleck's house about midnight, and remained talking with him until three. . . . I have a great deal of hard work before me now, but will do my best to perform it. I find Halleck well disposed; he has had much to contend against. I shall keep as clear as possible of the President and cabinet; endeavor to do what must be done with Halleck alone; s
for the appearance of this disease. Animals kept at rest would recover in time, but could not be worked. I made application to send West and purchase horses at once, but it was refused, on the ground that the outstanding contracts provided for enough; but they were not delivered sufficiently fast, nor in sufficient numbers, until late in October and early in November. I was authorized to buy 2,500 late in October, but the delivery was not completed until in November, after we had reached Warrenton. In a letter from Gen. Meigs, written on the 14th of Oct. and addressed to the general-in-chief, it is stated: There have been issued, therefore, to the Army of the Potomac, since the battles in front of Washington, to replace losses, (9,254) nine thousand two hundred and fifty-four horses. What number of horses were sent to Gen. Pope before his return to Washington I have no means of determining; but the following statement, made upon my order, by the chief-quartermaster with the a
to move the army well in hand parallel to the Blue Ridge, taking Warrenton as the point of direction for the main army; seizing each pass onishing in front of Salem. On the 6th the 1st corps advanced to Warrenton, the 2d corps to Rectortown; the 5th corps commenced its movementcavalry near Flint Hill; Bayard to cut off what there might be in Warrenton, and to proceed to the Rappahannock Station. Nov. 7, Gen. Pleas Culpeper Court-House. Nov. 8, the 2d corps moved half-way to Warrenton; the 5th corps to New Baltimore. Nov. 9, the 2d and 5th corps reached Warrenton; the 6th corps New Baltimore. Late on the night of the 7th I received an order relieving me from the command of the Army2d, and 5th corps, reserve artillery, and general headquarters at Warrenton; the 9th corps on the line of the Rappahannock, in the vicinity oayard near Rappahannock Station. The army was thus massed near Warrenton, ready to act in any required direction, perfectly in hand, and i
ast night. Howard returned this morning. I go to Warrenton to-morrow. Reynolds is there now, Burnside at WatHills. Couch is here, and moves to-morrow towards Warrenton. Porter and Franklin are at White Plains. Porterves to-morrow to New Baltimore, thence next day to Warrenton. Franklin moves day after to-morrow to New Baltimntil the Orange and Alexandria Railroad is open to Warrenton. We will have great difficulty in getting supplieonsville. G. W. Smith was yesterday driven out of Warrenton. . . . 11.30 P. M. Another interruption — tthe command to Burnside, but shall go to-morrow to Warrenton with him, and perhaps remain a day or two there inault. 8 A. M. . . . I am about starting for Warrenton. . . . Warrenton, Sunday, A. M. . . . . I eWarrenton, Sunday, A. M. . . . . I expect to start to-morrow morning, and may get to Washington in time to take the afternoon train. . . . I shall id not know the change that had occurred. . , . Warrenton, Nov. 10, 2 P. M. . . . I am very well and tak
Van Alen, Gen., 341. Van Reed, Capt., 602. Van Vliet, Gen. S., 83, 114, 128, 129, 303. Vienna, Va., 514, 515, 517, 521. Vincent, Lieut., 597. Van Hammerstein, Maj. H., 123, 311. Von Kleizer, Capt., 589. Von Radowitz, Lieut.-Col. P., 123, Wadsworth, Gen. J. S., 226, 241, 540-542. Wagner, Lieut. O. G., 125, 311. Wagner, Col., 45, 517. Walker, Gen. W. H. T., 573. Ward, Col. J. H., 383. Warren, Col. G. K., at Hanover C. H., 370, 373 ; Malvern, 433 ; Antietam, 601. Warrenton, Va., 240, 509-511, 529. Warwick C. H., Va., 254, 259, 260, Warwick river, Va., 261-266, 272, 274, 289, 319. Washington, D. C., isolated from West, 42; defenceless, 66; accessible after Bull Run, 67, 68, 73, 87 ; fortifications, 68 ; order restored, 70 ; earthworks, 72 ; people of, and McClellan, 74 ; positions of troops, 79, 80 ; prepared, 80, 169 ; strengthening army, artillery at, 88 ; force at, Aug., 1861, 89, Apr., 1862, 241; removal of government, 93 ; garrison necessary, 97 ; enemy'