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Page 255 of Novels, stories, sketches, and poems of Thomas Nelson Page (vol. 17)

LEE RELIEVES RfCI1MOND Jackson is so enormous that it is impossible not to be amazed at the audacity of the Confederate general. " Lee, however, was now assured of the withdrawal of McClellan's army as a consequence of his auda- cious strategy in threatening Washington, and having massed his forces with. a view to attacking Pope, he proceeded to carry oat his plans, however "novel and perilous, ' undisturbed by any fore- bodings. Almost due north of where Pope lay protected by the Rappahannock, beginning a few miles north of Sulphur Springs, just above Pope's right, and running due north and south, lies a lange of low mountains, form ing an outlying wing of the Blue Ridge. In this range of mountains are several gaps through which wind rough coun- try roads. But most of these gaps lay too near Pope's army to be attempted with any hope of success. One of them, however, lay so far to the northward that it had not been considered neces- sary to secure it. Lee's plan now was to send Jackson and Stuart around to the westward of this range as far as Thoroughfare Gap, and have them cross the range at this point and attack Pope in the rear, cutting and, if possible, destroy- ing his line of communicatiows. And meanwhile Ibid., II, pp). 261, 262. Allan, lip. 212, 213.

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