McDowell Reports “The Day is Lost”

6 11 2020

CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN MARYLAND, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA FROM APRIL 16 TO JULY 31, 1861

CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. – UNION

O. R. – Series I – VOLUME 2 [S #2] CHAPTER IX, p. 747

July 21,1861.

General McDowell’s army in full retreat through Centreville.

The day is lost. Save Washington and the remnants of this army.

All available troops ought to be thrown forward in one body.

General McDowell is doing all he can to cover the retreat. Colonel Miles is forming for that purpose. He was in reserve at Centreville.

The routed troops will not reform.

B. S. ALEXANDER,
Captain, Corps Engineers.*

[*Capt. Barton Stone Alexander was assigned to the staff of Brig. Gen. Daniel Tyler]

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6 11 2020
Brian McEnany

According to USA War College staff guide, what was left of the Union army passed Miles lines before Centreville and the entire town was cleared by 10:30 that evening.

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