leading, the monotony of which was the more keenly felt from its contrast with the brilliant excitements of the Mexican
In one of his letters he tells his correspondent that his highest pleasure is to fall in with some comrade of the war, and talk over its hardships, perils, and successes and revive their impressions of the glorious scenery of Mexico
And yet he was never idle.
Here is a specimen of his habits of work, taken from a letter to his brother, Dr. McClellan
, dated January 10, 1849:--“On Christmas day, orders were received here from the Chief Engineer
, requiring plans and estimates for several buildings to be furnished him for the Military Committee of the House
, by to-day at latest.
Among those required was a barrack for our company; and I had to make all the drawings: the barrack had to be planned and drawn in the short time allotted; and from two weeks from to-day until last Saturday night at twelve o'clock, I drew every day, morning, afternoon, and night, working Sundays, New-Year's day, and all. I had to make eight different drawings on the same large sheet, fifty-two inches by thirty-two, all drawn accurately to a scale, all the details, &c. painted: so, you may imagine, I had my hands full.”
In the winter of 1849-50, he prepared for tho use of the army a Manual of Bayonet Exercise, mostly taken from the French
This was submitted by General Scott
, the commander-in-chief
, to the Secretary of War
, in which he strongly recommended its being printed for distribution to the army, and that it should be made, by regulation,