in tactics the enemy proved themselves our superiors.
The majority of our generals were ignorant of their duty, and incapable of performing it even when it was laid down before them.
Who can hope that we win battles under conditions like these?
Another, and a remarkable fact to be considered is, that the enemy seemed perfectly acquainted with our plans.
The feint of Col. Richardson
availed nothing, since the rebel force had nearly all been drawn from that position.
Our combined attack was thoroughly met, and at the very points where partial surprises had been anticipated.
The number of our killed and wounded is still a serious question here.
I cannot believe that it exceeds five hundred.
The number of missing is of course much greater, and if it be true that parties of our fugitives have been taken prisoners, I am afraid that many must be added to the list of killed.
You have heard from other sources of the atrocities and cruelties trustworthily reported to have been practised by the Southern
The battle of Bull Run
is a bitter adversity.
Shall we not take the lesson to our hearts, and out of so much evil bring some good?--N. Y. Tribune
, July 26.