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to the safety of Washington; then troops could cross into Maryland, should the enemy move in a large force from Washington tbe at once neutralized by a bold movement from above into Maryland and on the rear of Washington.
He was willing, besides, en, to exchange Richmond, temporarily, for Washington and Maryland.
As to a general action, he desired it, for the reason tortified.
McClellan's army thus placed at our mercy, and Maryland won, the theatre of war was to be transferred to the Nortll a compromise, being thus settled, the plan of invading Maryland was earnestly supported by the three senior generals. Mr.t up the force required for the contemplated advance into Maryland to eighty thousand men and no less.
This assertion showsit was proposed to them?
by Mr. Davis, to cross into eastern Maryland, on a steamer in our possession, for a partial campai brigade, but, at least, a division —thus to be sent into Maryland, would, of necessity, have had to return to the Virginia
I answered, Fifty thousand effective seasoned soldiers; explaining that by seasoned soldiers I meant such men as we had here present for duty; and added that they would have to be drawn from the peninsula about Yorktown, Norfolk, from Western Virginia, Pensacola, or wherever might be most expedient.
General Johnston and General Beauregard both said that a force of sixty thousand such men would be necessary; and that this force would require large additional transportation and munitionsweeks time, have transported to the borders of Virginia, to reinforce the army said, by those who knew it best, to be in the finest fighting condition.
He was asked for such troops as could then be found in the peninsula around Yorktown, in Western Virginia, at Pensacola, at Mobile, at Charleston, at New Orleans; points from which about twenty-five thousand men—five thousand more than were needed —could have been withdrawn without unnecessarily exposing the positions they occupied.
for such troops as could then be found in the peninsula around Yorktown, in Western Virginia, at Pensacola, at Mobile, at Charleston, at New Orleans; points from which about twenty-five thousand men—five thousand more than were needed —could have been withdrawn without unnecessarily exposing the positions they occupied.
These were the seasoned soldiers the three generals wanted.
They neither called for nor desired raw recruits, raised to bear the arms Mr. Davis might possibly receive from Europe, and which he was hoping for, barring the dangers of the sea.
Recruits of that kind, however well armed, would have been useless, as they could not have sustained the arduous campaign sought to be inaugurated, which required previous military training and discipline.
But Mr. Davis turned a deaf ear to the suggestions made to him. He would not receive the advice of the generals in the field.
He failed to seize the great opportunity offered him, and, as usual, took upon himself to decide t