“…in response to the President’s urgent demands…”–Diary of Josiah Marshall Favill.

March 19th. We hear to-night that the army is embarking at Alexandria for Yorktown, on the peninsula, and that operations against Richmond are to be carried on from that direction. Our command is to remain here until the rest of the army get out of the way. We are told that the change of base was decided upon on the 13th, at Fairfax Station, at a council of war, composed of corps commanders, and that the advance to Manassas was only made in response to the President’s urgent demands that the army open the campaign.

Diary of a Young Officer–Josiah Marshall Favill (57th New York Infantry)

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