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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
ks at Darnestown, with detachments at Point of Rocks, Sandy Hook, Williamsport, &c.; Stone at Poolesville; and Dix at Baltimore, with detachments on the Eastern shore. At the close of September aof the Army of the Potomac), with a considerable body of troops, then had his Headquarters at Poolesville, a short distance from Conrad's and Edwards's Ferries, on the Potomac River. These ferries wployed as spies. Among these was a wealthy young farmer named Elijah White, who resided near Poolesville. He belonged to a company of Confederate cavalry, and often crossed the Potomac by swimming t inquiry, so far as one of the commanders was concerned. He was at Stone's Headquarters, at Poolesville, twenty-four hours after the disaster, and from there had telegraphed to the President, sayiny upon the Confederates, when, on Tuesday night, Oct. 23, 1861. General McClellan arrived at Poolesville. Then, as he says, he learned, for the first time, the full details of the affair. The prep