He reached Washington
, but, without stopping, went to the station of the Philadelphia Railroad, and proceeded to the latter city in the train which started at five P. M. lie arrived at Philadelphia
about midnight, and was there greeted with music and cheers from a crowd assembled to welcome him. tie appeared upon the platform, and said,--
Fellow-citizens of Philadelphia, I thank you for your kindness.
I have parted with your brothers and sons in the Army of the Potomac too recently to make a speech.
Our parting was sad. I can say nothing more to you; and I do not think you ought to expect a speech from me.
He arrived at Trenton
, his point of destination, at four o'clock on the morning of the 12th.
On the evening of the 13th, an address of welcome was made to General McClellan
, on behalf of the citizens of Trenton
, by Andrew Dutcher
A large number of interested and sympathizing spectators were present.
In reply, he said,--
My friends,--for I feel that you are all my friends,--I stand before you not as a maker of speeches, not as a politician, but as a soldier.
I came among you to seek quiet and repose, and from the moment I came among you I have received nothing but kindness; and, although I came among you a stranger, I am well acquainted with your history.
From the time I took command, your gallant sons were with me, from the siege of Yorktown to the battle of Antietam.
I was with them, and witnessed their bravery, and that of the ever-faithful and ever-true Taylor and the intrepid and dashing Kearney.
One word more.
While the army is fighting, you, as citizens, should see that the war is prosecuted for the preservation