Significance of Army and Navy resignations.
Referring to this subject, on which we commented yesterday, a contemporary says:
"Among the more recent and significant resignations are those of Adj't Gen. Cooper
and Capt. Geo. W. Lay
The former position is one of the most desirable in the whole army.
No man stood higher as an officer than Adjutant Gen. Cooper
, Capt. Lay
has been justly regarded as one of the most accomplished officers of the army, and has been long known as the principal Aide-de-camp of Gen. Scott
. Gen. Cooper
is married to a Virginia lady, and his associations are principally with the South
, Capt. Lay
is a native Virginian.
Both these gentlemen have resigned, not because their States have seceded, as is the case with others, but because being certain, from the position they held, that they would soon be called on to aid in the conduct of hostile proceedings against the South
, they preferred throwing up their commissions to embarking in such a war.
"These acts bear no ordinary significance.
The public can judge whether these officers, in their positions, were likely to be well informed as to the question of coercion and war, and whether, without sufficient and adequate information, they would have resigned positions otherwise so desirable."