from its legitimate path of inquiry, and lends itself to the persistent hostility with which General McClellan
was pursued by the general-in-chief
, in the paragraphs following:--
The commission has remarked freely on Colonel Miles, an old officer, who has been killed in the service of his country; and it cannot, from any motives of delicacy, refrain from censuring those in high command when it thinks such censure deserved.
The general-in-chief has testified that General McClellan, after having received orders to repel the enemy invading the State of Maryland, marched only six miles per day, on an average,when pursuing this invading enemy.
The general-in-chief also testifies that, in his opinion, he could and should have relieved and protected Harper's Ferry; and in this opinion the commission fully concur.
Upon these charges General McClellan
quietly and pertinently remarks in his Report,--
I have been greatly surprised that this commission, in its investigations never called upon me, nor upon any officer of my staff, nor, so far as I know, upon any officer of the Army of the Potomac able to give an intelligent statement of the movements of that army.
But another paragraph in the same report makes testimony from such sources quite superfluous.
It is as follows:--
“By a reference to the evidence it will be seen that, at the very moment Colonel Ford abandoned Maryland Heights, his little army was in reality relieved by Generals Franklin's and Sumner's corps at Crampton's Gap, within seven miles of his position.”
The corps of Generals Franklin and Sumner were a part of the army which I at that time had the honor to