CAMP NEAR ALEXANDRIA, Monday Evening, March 31, 1862.
To-day has been clear and quite spring-like. Reynolds and myself rode over to inspect some of the larger forts that have been erected in this neighborhood. The rumor now is that we are to get off on day after to-morrow, the whole of the First Corps (forty-five thousand men) together, and that we are to be landed at the same time, at some point where we may expect our landing to be resisted, or to encounter the enemy very soon after landing. For my part, I hope it will prove true, for this suspense and uncertainty is very disagreeable, and as we have to fight, the sooner we get at it and settle it the better. Nothing but the grossest mismanagement will prevent our success, for we have a really fine army and the troops in the best of spirits.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 255