shall consider, for a moment, the manner in which General Lee handled his troops.
After the battle of Sharpsburg, or Antietam, McClellan followed him south of the Potomac; instead of forming line of battle, and throwing up entrenchments upon every suitable hill he could find, from Maryland to the Rapidan, for the purpose of skirmishing, and delaying the enemy — which work he properly left to the cavalry — he threw his colors to the breeze, and, with martial music, marched to the line of Gordonsville and Fredericksburg.
A few months later, when the Federals appeared in his front, he marshaled his forces, which, refreshed by their long rest, were anxious for battle; he at once attacked, defeated the enemy, and pursued him to the Potomac.
He thus drove back, successively, Pope, Burnside, and Hooker.
After the battle of Gettysburg, Meade likewise followed Lee south of the Potomac.
Again, he marched to the line of the Rapidan, as in the first instance, leaving his cavalry to observe