march to Gainesville.
In fact, if Porter had moved forward, his command would have come square upon Longstreet's right flank.
At Dawkins's Branch, General McDowell came up to the head of Porter's column, having what is known as the joint order, or an order to McDowell and Porter both to proceed to Gainesville.
Here Porter had halted, and insisted that the enemy were in his immediate front.
He put out a few skirmishers and stopped his whole command, stretching along the road back to Bethel Chapel, nearly 3 miles, and remained in that position the whole day. At this point McDowell showed Porter the joint order to proceed to Gainesville, at the same time giving him the information sent to Pope by Buford, of the passage of the fifteen regiments of infantry and 1,500 cavalry through Gainesville that morning.
This was the only information that Porter had on the subject of Longstreet's forces, as stated by himself.
McDowell, finding that it was impossible to pass Porter's forces in t