The note referred to, set forth on page 11`6 of the record, and addressed to Generals McDowell and King, commencing as follows; "I found it impossible to communicate by crossing the woods to Groveton," was then read.
The witness was asked-
Question. Is the note just read the one to which you refer?
Answer. That is the note.
The examination of the witness was here closed.
Whereupon the court adjourned to 11 a. m. to-morrow.
WASHINGTON, D. C., December 10, 1862.
The court met pursuant to adjournment.
Present, Major General D. Hunter, U. S. Volunteers; Major General E. A. Hitchcock, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General Rufus King, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General B. M. Prentiss, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General James B. Ricketts, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General Silas Casey, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General James A. Garfield, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General N. B. Buford, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General J. P. Slough, U. S. Volunteers; and Colonel J. Holt, Judge-Advocate-General.
The minutes of the last session were then read and approved.
Captain DOUGLASS POPE was then called by the Government, and sworn and examined as follows:
By the JUDGE-ADVOCATE:
Question. Will you state what is your rank in the military service?
Answer. I am captain and additional aide-de-camp.
Question. Were you with the Army of Virginia in its late campaign under Major General Pope?
Answer. I was.
Question. In what capacity?
Answer. As additional aide-de-camp to General Pope.
Question. Were you, or not, on the field of the battle of Manassas on Friday, the 29th of August?
Answer. I was.
Question. Did you or not, on that day, bear any order from General Pope to General Porter; and, if so, what was its character, and at what hour did you bear and deliver it?
Answer. I received an order from General Pope, to be delivered to General Porter at half-past 4 o'clock. The purport of the order I did not know at the time. I went directly to General Porter with that order, and it reached him by 5 o'clock.
Question. Was, or was not, that the only order which on that day you bore to General Porter from General Pope?
Answer. It was.
Question. Where did you find General Porter with his command?
Answer. I found him at the forks of the orad leading from Manassas to Gainesville and Groveton, on the railroad.
Question. What distance was that from Manassas Junction?
Answer. I do not know, of my own knowledge; but I have heard that it was between 2 and 3 miles.