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The Daily Dispatch: December 13, 1862., [Electronic resource], By the Governor of Virginia — a Proclamation. (search)
Generals that had been engaged in the wars against Napoleon, and whose names resounded through the earth like the sound of a trumpet — The mortification which he experienced on finding that, his name had never been heard in Europe is described by Vincent Nolte in his work, and is amusing enough. But in this country his pigmy exploits continued to be regarded as miracles of generalship, although he was but second in command, and caused him to be still looked upon as a great tactician. His Mexican campaign, undertaken after Gen. Taylor had already destroyed all the best troops of the Republic, and was ready, with only had the troops required by Scott, to march to the city of Mexico, further increased his fame. Yet what was it after all? One of the most powerful nations in the world, with inexhaustible supplies of money and munitions, was engaged in a war with a feeble and degenerate race, half armed half clad, and half fed, with no money to pay soldiers, and no officers to discipli