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Friday, March 09, 2012


At 11 p.m. orders confirmed that George McClellan had finally adopted the Post Office motto as his own and announced the Army of the Potomac would quit lying quietly along the Potomac, break camp, and push toward Manassas on Monday morning. Hurrah! Boys Hurrah!

There was little to remind anyone it was Sunday. Capt. Joseph Collingwood, who had been in Washington supervising the return of Horace Dramell's body to Massachusetts, described the scene in the city: "Troops are continualy marching through, drums beating, colors flying, and long trains of Army wagons rumbling through the streets, and crowds of people moveing about."

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