The part borne by Colonel.
The first reports of battles are often incorrect.
The confusion incident to an engagement of itself precludes the possibility of a fair estimate of affairs at the first, and it is only after the smoke of battle has passed away that a clear view can be had.
The battle of Port Republic
forms no exception to this general experience.
Appreciating, as everybody could, after the disaster there had occurred, that it might have been avoided by the destruction of the bridge across the Shenandoah
at that place, it was taken for granted that it should have been burnt, and that orders had been given to that effect.
Upon that assumption, Col. Carroll
, who had command of the advance, has been loudly censured, and the failure of the expedition, and the terrible destruction of life consequent upon it, have been visited upon his head.
Without reflecting in any way upon others, it is the purpose