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