at had been done.
In the year 1862 a dry summer and fall had prevailed and dry weather is an indispensable requisite for active military operations.
To recount, before the close of that year, Stonewall Jackson had made his splendid Valley Campaign including the battle of McDowell, the Seven Days battles around Richmond had been fought and won; not long thereafter the battle of Cedar Run, and very soon thereafter the battles of Thoroughfare Gap and the Second Manassas where and when General John Pope hurriedly left his headquarters, that had been in the saddle.
Later, north of the Potomac; the battle of Sharpsburg was fought when General McClellan went down in defeat the last time.
This was more than the flesh and blood of which Mr. Lincoln and his Cabinet were made, could stand; and poor McClellan, although a man of fine war talent, and having exerted that talent with every power of his nature in behalf of his government, was bound to go, and not long thereafter was relieved of