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of the 1st Vermont, John W. Phelps, an officer of West Point training, Mexican war experience and proved courage; but, passing by him, he designated to command the night attack a militia brigadier from Massachusetts, Gen. (afterwards colonel) E. W. Peirce, who was doubtless personally brave but was utterly inexperienced. The whole plan of the expedition was so impracticable that Colonel (afterwards major-general) Phelps predicted in advance precisely what occurred,—that the troops, coming togecho of this musketry had hardly died away when Colonel Phelps stood at the entrance of the tent of the writer and said, It is as I thought it would be, they are firing into each other; get your regiment ready, and report as a reinforcement to General Peirce. The account of the affair of the two Bethels has passed into history. This, however, is the first time that this singular example of intuition on the part of General Phelps has ever been written for publication. (Report of Association of