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March 13th (search for this): chapter 15
of 400 men, besides the fine frigates Congress and Cumberland, the tug Dragon, and damage inflicted on the Minnesota, and the property in the two vessels first named. and it was believed that the free navigation of the James River by the National gun-boats would speedily follow. Impressed with this idea, and influenced by the masterly movement of Johnston from Manassas, General McClellan somewhat changed his plan for moving on Richmond. He called a Council of War at Fairfax Court House, March 13. by which it was decided to go down the Chesapeake and debark the army at Fortress Monroe, instead of Urbana or Mob-Jack Bay, and from that point, as a base of supplies, press toward the Confederate capital. This plan was approved by the President, on the condition that a sufficient force should be left for the perfect security of Washington City, and to hold Manassas Junction. General McClellan issued a stirring address to his soldiers, in the form of a General Order, in which he said:
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