he York River.
As we shall see, he had some success.
His advance was within six miles of Richmond when he was beaten at Gaines Mill.
He found a refuge on the James River, but his army was soon recalled to Washington.
Third. Pope, in August, 1862, followed in McDowell's footsteps along the railroad from Alexandria, and was defwas to move to his left and try the next road to the eastward.
And now every intermediate road had been tried, and, after losing 65,000 men, he was only on the James River with Fortress Monroe as his base, where his fleet might have landed him at the beginning and without losing a man.
Here at last, literally driven into the loe 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.