in which he will be blamed whether he does a certain act or declines to do it; and this was one of those occasions.
Those who were loudest in denouncing him for writing and publishing the letter would have been entitled to a better hearing had they uttered a word of censure upon the shameful fraud which drew it forth from a man always disinclined to embrace opportunities for public display, and who now only exercised the undoubted right of every freeman.
On the 18th of February, 1864, an incident occurred in the city of New York
, which showed how much the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac were attached to their old commander.
On that day, an official reception was given by the municipal authorities to the veterans of the First New York Cavalry, at which General McClellan
, under whom they had served, was present.
When the approach of their old commander was announced, the soldiers rushed to the door to meet him; and as he entered the room they crowded round him so that he could hardly walk.
After an interchange of greetings between him and the officers, Colonel McReynolds
, who commanded the regiment, spoke as follows:--
soldiers:--But a short time ago the chairman of this occasion did us the honor to refer to the fact that the First New York Cavalry were the last on the Chickahominy and the first to reach the James River.
It was a proud announcement, gentlemen, and it was true.
I now have the honor, and the great pleasure, to announce to you that the noble chieftain who led the Army of tho