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[259] military judgment could understand and appreciate; but still that movement was a retreat. This was the great fact present to the public mind. He had been compelled to abandon his position before Richmond; the place was not taken: he was a general in command of a large army, and had failed to accomplish the object of his own hopes. The facts and events which had rendered a retrograde movement necessary required some reflection to make them understood and some candor to make them felt. His knowledge of human nature, and of the bitterness and unscrupulousness of party, was enough to reveal to him the harsh judgments, the misconstructions, the injustice, the cruel insinuations, the calumnious charges, to which he had exposed himself by the crime of failure,--that crime which the public is so slow to forgive. He must have foreseen how the pert phrase — makers of the land — who conduct campaigns so admirably in their armchairs, and dispose of brigades and divisions as easily as they fold and label their letters — would strive to mangle him with their pens,--weapons more cruel than the tiger's claw or the serpent's tooth,--and point out what he should have done, and should not have done, to have escaped the shame and disgrace of retreating before a rebel foe. Sir John Moore, dying in the arms of victory at the close of a successful retreat, said, “I hope the people of England will be satisfied: I hope my country will do me justice.” His country, in time, did justice to that great man. Sooner or later, the world comes round to see the truth and do the right;

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