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crossed to the eastern shore of the Potomac, opposite Aquia Creek, to capture a Federal division posted there under General Sickles.
As the river, at that point more than a mile wide, was held by United States war vessels, and there would hardly hposed that, instead of an active offensive campaign, we should attempt certain partial operations —a sudden blow against Sickles or Banks, or to break the bridge over the Monocacy.
This, he thought, besides injuring the enemy, would exert a good influence over our troops, and encourage the people of the Confederate States generally.
In regard to attacking Sickles, it was stated in reply that, as the enemy controlled the river with their ships of war, it would be necessary for us to occupy tops across the lower Potomac, for a partial campaign, against a Federal force said to be on the opposite bank, under General Sickles.
Mr. Davis had evidently forgotten that the Potomac, at that point, was more than a mile and a half wide; with a