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I did this with great pain, he says, knowing that you would wish it otherwise.
If you could know the full pressure of the case, I am confident you would approve.
The council of corps commanders had annexed to their approval, among other conditions, the following: Fourth, that the force to be left to cover Washington shall be such as to give an entire feeling of security for its safety from menace. . . Note.--That with the forts on the right bank of the Potomac fully garrisoned and those on the left bank occupied, a covering force in front of the Virginia line of 25,000 men would suffice (Keyes, Heintzelman, and McDowell). A total of 40,000 men for the defense of the city would suffice.
（Sumner.) Upon this point the President's orders were: 1st.
Leave such a force at Manassas Junction as shall make it entirely certain that the enemy shall not repossess himself of that position and line of communication.
Leave Washington secure.
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