substantially, that certain supplies were put on board freight-trains at Washington
to be forwarded to an army stationed at different points in the neighborhood of Harper's Ferry
, forty or fifty miles off. General McClellan
says that these articles were not received; and if credible and unimpeached witnesses, speaking upon matters within their knowledge, are to be believed, he proves it. It is obvious that proof that articles have been received is not made when it is shown that they have been despatched to their point of destination.
, be it remembered, is only defending or justifying himself for not advancing, and is not making any complaint against the Administration, or against any officer, civil or military, at Washington
This distinctly appears by the following despatch, which was published in connection with General Halleck
's letter to the Secretary of War
, before referred to, as a document in justification of General McClellan