Leave Pope to Get Out of His Scrape
One matter only of a personal and disagreeable character had occurred up to this time in the Army of Virginia and this would not have found a record at my hands except for some rather peculiar consequences. General George H. Gordon commanded a brigade in Banks's Corps, and behaved in a most gallant and distinguished manner at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, 1 where his brigade took a foremost part and set an example of the highest courage and loyalty in duty.
A few days after that battle General Gordon, with other commanders of troops, was called on for an official report of the operations of his brigade. He rendered the report in detail and it was duly received at my office from his immediate commander. Only a few days afterward the newspapers from the North came to us with General Gordon's official report in full, containing details quite improper and dangerous to us for the enemy to know, as they did through the same papers almost, if not quite, as soon as we did. 2