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The Daily Dispatch: October 23, 1861., [Electronic resource] 13 1 Browse Search
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ill leave this State "for the wars" within eight or ten days. Gen. Wool Sustains Fremont and Condemns the Administration. The following paragraph, from thence in sentiment between Lincoln and his Generals in regard to the conduct of Fremont: There is no doubt but it was intended by the "highest authorities" at Washington to displace Gen. Fremont, and give Gen. Wool command of the Western Department. But the veteran General looking over the field with the official records before him, showing the number of men and amount of material at the disposal of Fremont, would not take command unless largely reinforced. He would not attempt to achins. This the Cabinet Caucus considered making too many conditions, and so let Fremont remain in command. The country will rightly consider the act of Gen. Wool a rebuke of the Administration, and a justification of Gen. Fremont There is no excuse — there can be none — for the ragged and destitute condition of the troops at
t nothing. Besides rifling the house of nearly all the bed-clothes, breaking the furniture, robbing the smoke-house of all the bacon and lard, and stealing all the poultry, they "captured" and took away with them seven negroes, eight mules, twenty-two head of fattening hogs, and took two white persons prisoners. Mr. Shepherd's loss amounts to from $6,000 to $8,000. At the time none of the family were at home. I suppose these depredations are to make up for the recent inglorious defeat and retreat at Harper's Ferry. Potomac. P. S.--The negroes have since returned.--After taking them over into camp they were told that they were now freemen, and if they consented to stay would be treated and protected as such. They were allowed to choose for themselves, and when the question was put to them whether they would stay and be all freemen, or return to their comfortable quarters, they readily chose the latter. What a striking commentary upon Fremont's Missouri proclamation. P.