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ral officers which had been called was held at Headquarters. The officers present (besides General McClellan) were Generals McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, Keyes, Franklin, Fitz-John Porter, Andrew Porter, Smith, McCall, Blenker, Negley, and Barnardlle, or whether a movement should be made down to the Lower Chesapeake. After a full discussion, four of the officers — McDowell, Sumner, Heintzelman, and Barnard — approved of the former plan, and the remainder of the latter. The details were not cording to seniority of rank, as follows:-- First Corps to consist of four divisions, and to be commanded by Major-General I. McDowell. Second Corps to consist of three divisions, and to be commanded by Brigadier-General E. V. Sumner. Third Corpsied, a covering force in front of the Virginia line of twenty-five thousand men would suffice. (Keyes, Heintzelman, and McDowell.) A total of forty thousand men for the defence of the city would suffice. (Sumner.) This was assented to by Gener
, 1862, By direction of the President, General McDowell's army corps has been detached from the fmsburg offered a serious resistance, that General McDowell's corps should land on the left bank of tpel him to abandon his positions. But, since McDowell's corps was withheld, this plan, of course, beral Franklin's division, forming part of General McDowell's corps, arrived, and reported to Generall. This was running a great risk in case General McDowell should not come, because it exposed our r prudent officer would have done; and, as General McDowell did not come, the enemy did not fail to tf any large body of the rebel forces. General McDowell had with him forty thousand men and ninetely guarded against by explicitly placing General McDowell under his orders in the usual way. On ay, an order was sent by the President to General McDowell, directing him to lay aside at present thty of Washington, and nothing else, prevented McDowell's being sent to the Peninsula, Colonel Lecomt[36 more...]
ls General McClellan that McCall's force, forming part of McDowell's corps, was on its way, and that it was intended to send the rest of McDowell's corps to him as speedily as possible. General McCall's division, numbering about eleven thousand meived till after the retreat to Harrison's Landing. General McDowell was at this time on the Rappahannock, with about fort join him. It would have been an easy four days march for McDowell's corps to have made the desired junction with the Army otion never was made, and on the 27th of June the corps of McDowell, Fremont, and Banks were consolidated into one body, callthe command of General Pope! Whether this disposition of McDowell's force was in consequence of a real and sudden change ofrmy was not to be strengthened by any reinforcements from McDowell, General McClellan resolved to do the best he could with consequences of unforeseen disaster. As Jackson had kept McDowell from joining him, he hoped that Jackson might also be kep
m, afford no justification for his removal from the command of the army. He had shown by word and deed that he would do his duty as a soldier, within his sphere, whatever political policy the Administration might adopt or whatever political aspects the war might assume. This was all the Administration had a right to ask. That he had the confidence and affection of his army is beyond question. His removal was due to a fact stated affirmatively — though put in the form of a question to General McDowell--by a member of the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War, December 26, 1861,--that there is a political element connected with this war which must not be overlooked. There has indeed been such an element from the beginning in the conduct of this war; it never has, been overlooked, but has always been prominent, and set in the front of the battle, and has been the fruitful source of mistakes and disasters to our cause. In the present instance it led to the dangerous exper
t reduced by the withdrawal from my command of the division of General Blenker, which was ordered to the Mountain Department, under General Fremont. We had scarcely landed on the Peninsula when it was further reduced by a despatch revoking a previous order giving me command of Fortress Monroe, and under which I had expected to take ten thousand men from that point to aid in our operations. Then, when under fire before the defences of Yorktown, we received the news of the withdrawal of General McDowell's corps of about thirty-five thousand men. This completed the overthrow of the original plan of the campaign. About one-third of my entire army (five divisions out of fourteen; one of the nine remaining being but little larger than a brigade) was thus taken from me. Instead of a rapid advance which I had planned, aided by a flank movement up the York River, it was only left to besiege Yorktown. That siege was successfully conducted by the army; and when these strong works at length