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nduct campaigns so admirably in their armchairs, and dispose of brigades and divisions as easily as they fold and label their letters — would strive to mangle him with their pens,--weapons more cruel than the tiger's claw or the serpent's tooth,--and point out what he should have done, and should not have done, to have escaped the shame and disgrace of retreating before a rebel foe. Sir John Moore, dying in the arms of victory at the close of a successful retreat, said, I hope the people of England will be satisfied: I hope my country will do me justice.
His country, in time, did justice to that great man. Sooner or later, the world comes round to see the truth and do the right; and for the coming of that time General McClellan can afford to wait.
But the saddest of all experiences for a commanding general is to lose the confidence of his army.
That cup was never put to General McClellan's lips.
His soldiers were intelligent enough to understand what he had done, and generous en