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Yankee lies.

Sawney, of the New York Herald, does not stand upon trifles. He says ‘"the rebel army actually in action at Bull Run numbered close upon 50,000 men, well officered, well entrenched, protected by masked batteries, and abundantly supplied with artillery."’ This is a lie out of the whole cloth. The battle was fought upon unfortified ground; there was not an entrenchment or a masked battery within miles of it. What is said of our officers is true; but all the rest is sheer falsehood. The Confederate force actually engaged never exceeded 15,000 men, as may be seen from an inspection of the muster-rolls of the regiments engaged.

‘"Opposed to them, (the Confederates,) was a conglomeration of badly officered regiments — with an aggregate in the field of over 18,000 men — with no general commending — each one fighting on his own book, and with a totally inadequate supply of cannon, &c"’

Thirty-four regiments — the very pride of the Northern soldiery — regiments which the Herald itself was accustomed to tell us, before the battle, were invincible, attacked our left wing. They certainly did not number less than thirty-five thousand men. One of the captured officers said they were from thirty-seven to forty thousand strong. There were, besides, nine regiments on their left, and nine in reserve.--Total, fifty-two regiments of infantry, exclusive of five thousand regulars. As for their artillery, they had Shermas's battery, Carlile's battery, Griffith's battery, the R ode Island battery, the West Point battery, and the huge battery of rifled thirty-two-pounders, eighty-one pieces, and they lost all but two in their flight. In one word, it was the most magnificent park of artillery that ever accompanied an army to the field of battle in America.

What object can Sawney have in telling these lies? Is he afraid the mob will tear down his office, if he tell the truth, as they threatened to do with Greeley's when he published the truth about this matter, and as they would have done had not Greelry speedily fallen back upon his old resource of falsehood?

Gen. Scott has given orders that no more official reports about the battle shall be published. He knows the slaughter was too terrible to be exposed. This fact speaks volumes.

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