But he was never guilty of willful cruelty, although a strict disciplinarian.
Least of all was he likely to be guilty of a cruelty which could be so entirely useless.
His hold upon his crown consisted in the enthusiastic affection of his troops, and one such deed would have alienated an entire army.
You ascribe to him also the saying that Providence was on the side of a powerful artillery.
This, too, is entirely out of character.
It is a parody upon the well known sneer of old Chas Lee, at Washington, for appointing a day of fasting and prayer for the success of the Ameritan arms.
"I have always observed," said he, "that Providence was on the side of strong battalions"
I intend this only for an opening wedge.
To morrow you shall have more. P.
P. S.--I open my letter to announce a skirmish which took place yesterday (Saturday) between a detachment of Howitzers belonging to Stanard's company, supported by a detachment from company E, of the North Carolina regime