The rest of Popes campaign consisted of a series of blunders on his part aggravated by the indecision of Halleck, who evinced an utter incapacity for directing the movements of the two armies. There was also a lack of hearty coöperation with Pope by the Army of the Potomac. Halleck, Pope, the President, Stanton, Chase and McClellan, all had a hand in the management of the troops. Against these contended one able head, Lee, who had two powerful arms in Jackson and Longstreet. By a swift march Jackson got in Popes rear, tore up the railroad and cut the telegraph wires, severing his line of supplies and direct telegraph communication with Washington, but before Pope could catch him, he had fled and taken up a position to await calmly Longstreets arrival. Pope, reënforced by two corps from the Army of the Potomac, attacked the Confederates on August 29 and was repulsed, although he thought that he had gained a victory. In pursuance of this illusion, he brought on next day the Second Battle of Bull Run, wherein acting as if in obedience to Lees own wishes, he delivered himself into the enemys hands, met with a crushing defeat, which became a rout, the men fleeing in panic from the field.
The common belief in Washington was that Pope had on August 29 won a great victory. Everything seemed to be going well and hilarious on Saturday (August 30), wrote John Hay in his Diary, and we went to bed expecting glad tidings at sunrise. But about eight oclock the President came to my room as I was dressing and calling me out said: Well, John, we are whipped again, I am afraid. The enemy reinforced on Pope and drove back his left wing, and he has retired to Centreville where he says he will be able to hold his men. I dont like that expression. I dont like