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The Daily Dispatch: September 9, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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ughly understood by every successful leader. The art of "attack" and "defence"--when to do the one or the other, and how to do so with the least possible loss and with the most destructive effect to the enemy — is a "gift" which but few men naturally possess; indeed, so few that they are not met with more than "once in a lifetime." Nor will this necessary preparation, of itself, accomplish much for a commander, unless accompanied by prominent traits of character — such as good old-fashioned "mother wit," bravery, and prudence. These, I believe, are all possessed by our friend in quantum sufficit--or, to speak in plain English, "enough to do,"--and I should have no hesitation in placing myself under his leadership in the day of battle. I have known Col. Presion from boyhood, and have ever found him kind-hearted, high-minded and honorable — none more so — and pronounce him to be one of the best field officers in South western Virginia. Yours, Scott. Abingdon, Se