er were present, and their gallant behavior in the field is attested, not only by the facts, but by the explicit testimony of their enemies.
Success in such an enterprise would probably have been, even to trained troops, almost impossible; and Gen. Scott is reported to have reproached himself for allowing the attack to have been made so soon — prematurely, in fact.
But, once begun, the struggle was obstinately maintained by troops half fasting and worn out by a twelve hours march.
An official McClellan to the command of the Federal army is a circumstance which not unnaturally has excited considerable discussion in the New York papers.
By one lie is described as a military dictator, who is to act entirely free from the control of General Scott and the War Department; and by another a loud complaint is raised because the gallant general, in compliance with the intrigues of certain selfish politicians at Washington, is to be hampered in the selection of the general and regimental off