Thursday, March 14, 2013

Appearances indicate that Gen. McClellan’s plan . . .

. . . of operation is something as follows.  As a part of our forces in Kentucky shall advance into Tennessee the remainder, with those at Cairo will operate against Bowling Green.  Forcing the Confederates to abandon this position, their retreat will be cut off, and their condition will be precarious.  Meanwhile the Mississippi flotilla will proceed upon its mission.  If the Burnside expedition shall obtain possession of the North Carolina Railroad, the rebel connection between Virginia and the cotton states will be cut off.  The army at Manassas, thus isolated, must leave its entrenchments either to attack Gen. McClellan or retreat.  If the former result is not doubtful, if the latter, with what power will Gen. McClellan fall upon its rear?

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 1, 1862, p. 1

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