Report of Gem William B. Franklin, U. S. Army, commanding Sixth
Army Corps, of operations August 30.
CENTREVILLE, August 30 8.15 p. m.
GENERAL: I have opened your dispatch of 2 p. in. to General Pope.
1 arrived at the field this afternoon at 6 o'clock. Found that the road
was filled with fleeing men, artillery, and wagons, all leaving the field
iii a panic. It was a scene of terrible confusion, and I immediately
formed line of battle across the road an(1 attempted to stop and form
the stragglers. It was impossible to succeed in this, the number be-
coining over 7,000 in less than half an hour. The number continued to
increase until I left the position, and I have now moved my corps to
this place. The panic, from the accounts I have had of it, appears un-
accountable. The men are from several divisions. Our left was broken
and turned. I shall make this place as defensible as possible, but my
march to-day has linen 20 miles.
I was unable to find General Pope on the field, but I understand that
he changed his position several times.
Very respectfully, yours,
W. B. FRANKLIN,
Major- General, Commanding.
General H. XV. HALLECK,
Itinerary of the First Division, Sixth Army Corps, Brig. Gen. Henry W.
Slocum commanding, August 16 31. *
August 16, broke camp at Harrison's Landing and marched to Charles
City Court-House, 7 miles.
August 17, marched to and crossed the Chickahoininy at Barrett�s
Ford, 14 miles.
August 18, marched to Simpson's house, Williamsburg, 15 miles.
August 19, marched to Yorktown, 12 miles.
August 20, marched to Young's Mill,14 miles.
August 21, marched to Newport News, 9 miles.
August 22 and 23, embarked on transports for Aquia Creek.
August 24, arrived and debarked at Alexandria, Va.
August 27, the First Brigade moved from encampment near Alex-
Alexandria by rail to Bull Run Bridge. Marched across Bull Run Bridge,
and met a large force of the enemy, under General Jackson, 2 miles
beyond, and was soon forced by vastly superior numbers to retire under
a galling fire from the enemy's artillery. Marched back the same after-
noon to FairfaxCourt-House. The loss in killed, wounded, and missing
in the engagement was very severe. Among those wounded was Gen-
eral George W. Taylor, who subsequently died of wounds then received.
August 29, the division left camp near Alexandria, and marched to
Annandale, on the Little River pike, about 7 miles.
August 30, marched, via Fairfax Court-House and Centreville, to-
ward Bull Run, and just at evening formed line of battle across the
Warrenton pike, beyond Cub Run, to stop the stragglers that were
then coming from the battle-field. Remained in position there all
night, until the army had all retired. Marched this day about 18 miles.
August 31, fell back to Centreville and took position in the fortifica-