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has created great dissatisfaction in the mind of the President, said Halleck, and it will require an energetic pursuit on your part to remove the impression that it has not been sufficiently active heretofore.
To a high — minded, meritorious, conscientious officer like Meade this censure was irritating.
His request to be immediately relieved was declined on the ground that the dispatch was intended as a stimulus.
The river was still deep though fordable.
Ewell crossed by 8 A. M. on the 14th, but the passage of Longstreet and Hill was not completed until!
P. M. Had Meade made a vigorous attack in the forenoon he might have defeated and captured the portion of Lee's army which had not yet crossed.
About 1 A. M. his cavalry, supported by artillery, appeared in front of Heth's division, which, acting as rear guard, was first encountered, and Brigadier-General Pettigrew, an officer of great promise and merit, was killed.
As soon as the bridge was clear Hill began to cross.