May 6, 1862,
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1 Report of the Committee on the Conduct of the War, i. 20.
2 According to the Confederate official reports, the entire body of troops under Johnston, then below the Chickahominy, did not exceed 30,000 in number, while McClellan's “present and fit for duty” (within a distance of twelve miles of the battle-field) was about 100,000. The commanding General seems to have been singularly uninformed or misinformed concerning the country before him, during this campaign. He refused to receive information from the loyal negroes, preferring to take the testimony of Confederate prisoners. He officially declared that information concerning the forces and position of the enemy “was vague and untrustworthy,” and when he commenced his march up the Peninsula, he did not know, he says, whether “so-called Mulberry Island was a real island,” or which was “the true course of the Warwick River across the Peninsula,” or that the Confederates had fortifications along that stream. See McClellan's Report, page 74.
3 See Report of the Committee on the Conduct of the War, i. 20.
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