“relieved” of the command of the same army, and General Burnside
was put in his place; and then came the mournful defeat at Fredericksburg
on the 13th of December.
Here is Malvern Hill
against Bull Run
; here are South Mountain
But General McClellan
was practically dismissed from the army, with every mark of ignominy and disgrace, and General Burnside
and General Pope
are now, and always have been, in honorable and responsible military commands.
We have nothing to do with these two last-named officers, nor do we care to discuss the policy of the Administration towards them; but it is unjust and unreasonable that the tenderness and consideration which have been so liberally extended to them should be so utterly withheld from General McClellan
, and that he should be disgraced for his victories while they are rewarded, or at least forgiven, for their defeats.
He asks no favors; but he has a right to demand consistency and justice.
In the next place, General McClellan
has always had the love and trust of the soldiers he has commanded, and, with a few exceptions, has enjoyed the respect, confidence, and affection of the officers who have served under him. At this moment his name is a tower of strength with the Army of the Potomac.
This is an important fact, a weighty piece of evidence in his behalf.
Upon the merits of a general in command, the opinion of the army which serves under him is of far more value than the opinion of the public.