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The Daily Dispatch: July 8, 1862., [Electronic resource], The President's address to the army. (search)
is the general order of the Assistant Adjutant General, relieving this gallant officer of his command in this army, in order that he may take charge of a distant military department. Nothing could be more complimentary, or, we believe, more justly deserved. Accompanying the order is an address of the General to his comrades in arms, whom he has so long commanded — the gallant Peninsular. Few officers have shown more skill than General Magruder did in the Peninsula. As late as the 1st June, 1861, he had at Yorktown but two regiments and a few battalions of infantry, one or two companies of cavalry, and but three companies of artillery. Yet with these be managed to inspire Butler with so much terror that the " beast" never ventured from his lair. Once he sent out six regiments, commanded by one of his subordinates; but Magruder met him at Bethel and beat him so awfully that he never tried it again. He had but 1,100 men in the battle, and but seven pieces of cannon. Butler,