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ave neither time nor heart for the task. But of one thing we feel assured. This result is chargeable to the culpable inactivity of General Patterson, in allowing General Johnston to escape from Winchester and fall back upon Manassas without annoyance or attention. --St. Louis Democrat. The events of Sunday last, which forced the army of the Potomac to resume its old quarters near Alexandria, show that Gen. Scott knew what the occasion of taking Richmond demanded, much better than did Greeley and those Republican members of Congress who were constantly progging him to a forward movement.--Cincinnati Enquirer. Wagons are constantly arriving bringing in the dead and wounded Soldiers are relating to greedy listeners the deplorable events of last night and early this morning. The feeling is awfully distressing.--N. Y. Tribune. If Gen. Scott did it, he is not the man for the crisis. If he did it fearfully and hesitatingly, under the clamor of the New York press, he is st
The Daily Dispatch: August 1, 1861., [Electronic resource], General Toombs' Brigade--Second Georgia Regiment. (search)
Impatience a Bad General. The very worst counsellors for Generals in the field are an impatient populace. If we are to believe General Scott, the calamity that has recently overwhelmed the grand Yankee army was caused by surrendering his own opinions of policy and obeying the orders of the Yankee mob, headed by Greeley, Blair, and Wilson. The mob, under these doughty commanders, drove him into a battle which was little better than slaughter and ruin. A like impatience prevails among the Southern people for a forward movement upon Washington city. This movement is doubtless in preparation; but we had better leave it to our Generals to choose the time and manner of making it. It is the highest wisdom to profit by an enemy's experience, and it would be as criminal as unheard of, if, after witnessing so signal an instance of ruin from fighting before being ready for it, we should commit the same blunder and run the hazard of the same discomfiture. What though it might ha
pin, however, and nails the President him self to the rack as the author of the whole blunder. The N. Y. Times gives reasons for a change in the Cabinet and against a change in the Cabinet. But the richest development is an address from Horace Greeley upon matters and things in general, and the conduct of the Tribune in particular, in the nature of an apology for the "On to Richmond" follies that have been spotting that luminary of the Republican party. According to Mr. Greeley the TribunMr. Greeley the Tribune is a many-headed monster, for which nobody in particular is morally responsible, but into which everybody pitches everything. "I am charged (we quote) with what is called 'opposing the Administration,' because of that selection, and various paragraphs which have from time to time appeared in the Tribune are quoted to sustain this inculpation. The simple fact that not one of these paragraphs was either written or in any wise suggested or prompted by me, suffices for that charge." It