direction of the campaign.
The people knew and the press announced that Jeff. Davis was massing all his troops at Richmond, just as a good business man concentrates his means where he finds the best investment.
The Secretary of War could not understand this.
Consequently our forces on James Island retreated from a foe who had gone to Richmond; our troops in the Shenandoah built entrenchments against Jackson, who had gone to Richmond; our troops at the West stood on the defensive against Beauregard, who had gone to Richmond; and Burnside sought in vain for the North Carolina Confederates, who had also gone to Richmond.
McClellan was, therefore, overwhelmed.
War Items from Washington.
A Washington letter in the Baltimore Sun, dated 7th inst., says:
Officers from the seat of war on James river, absent on short leave, say that it is the belief that there will be no more fighting there for a month.--Both sides were so much shattered, it is thought, that a cessation of act
imes has another editorial on American financed.
It says that they are in a most critical condition, and ought to produce serious alarm, instead of empty boasting and exultation.
The London Post charges the American Government with being all along influenced solely by popular clamor, having never pursued an independent course.
The Morning Herald finds it impossible to account for the inactivity of McClellan.
Possibly, it says, after the battle of Fair Cake, and the breaking up of Beauregard's army in the West, he does not me his way clearly, and may not himself outnumbered by the enemy, in a position which in impregnable, and from which the enemy may fall upon his lines and works at pleasures.
If so, he is likely to meet with a disaster which may change the whole aspect of the war, for a revenue in McClellan involves the rest of his army and of the hopes of the Federal Government.
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