150 years ago today

Today Lee’s inva­sion of Mary­land began in earnest as the bulk of his army crossed the Potomac River, join­ing D.H. Hill’s divi­sion which crossed the day before. Lee had spent the pre­vi­ous night in Lees­burg at Har­ri­son Hall, the home of a dis­tant cousin.
On this same day McClel­lan was vis­ited by Pres­i­dent Lin­coln and Gen. Hal­leck. He was given ver­bal orders to take com­mand of the field army he’d cre­ated, and to ensure the safety of the cap­i­tal and Bal­ti­more. Once this was accom­plished he was ordered to drive the Con­fed­er­ates from Mary­land. These orders were never printed, and Hal­leck and Lin­coln each later cred­ited the other with issu­ing it.
And so the drama begins…

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