the Rio Grande.
And, as scarce as men were, arms were even scarcer.
He divided out all he had according to his best judgment, but it must be admitted that this was often mistaken.
Troops were certainly held at Pensacola, Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, and in West Virginia, which might have given the needed strength to the army at Manassas to enable it to take the offensive.
As it was, the new troops sent were little more than enough to make good the losses from sickness which befell the armxterior line of such enormous length — from the Chickahominy River to the south of Petersburg, nearly 30 miles — that it could not be long maintained.
As McClellan selected the York River line before the James River was opened (by the loss of Norfolk and of the ironclad Merrimac), he is entitled to the credit of having selected the best route available at the time.
After his retreat from Richmond, he very nearly had stumbled into the key position itself.
His army was recalled to Washington