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eers and which the wisest of them soon outgrew. Generals Devens and Hincks, two of the most distinguished of the Massachusetts officers, both assured me that in their opinion this jealousy was wholly unfounded, and that they personally had always had the friendliest relations with regular army men. General Butler, upon whom it devolved to select a commander for this night expedition, had at his command, in the colonel 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 together by different routes in the darkness of the night, would fire on each o