behalf of the latter may be found stated in his Report; that on behalf of the Administration, in the report of the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War
, and in the appendix to the testimony of General Halleck
, and is summed up in a letter of his, addressed to the Secretary of War
, dated October 28, 1862, which was published in the newspapers of the day at the same time with the order for removing General McClellan
Without going into minute detail, without spreading the whole evidence upon the record, the points of difference were these:--
says that the army is deficient in clothing and supplies of all kinds, and especially in horses, that requisitions for the needed articles had been duly made upon the War Department at Washington
, but that in point of fact they had not been received, and that until they were received it was not possible for the army to advance.
On the other hand, the Administration, represented by the general-in-chief
, says that all General McClellan
's requisitions had been promptly referred to the proper functionaries, that all the supplies asked for, horses included, had been procured and forwarded without delay, and that it was not possible that the army could have been in the destitute condition alleged.
A long letter from General Meigs
, the Quartermaster-General
, is given in support of these positions.
It is easy to see that the statements of the Administration are not inconsistent with the statements of General McClellan
The former say,