Superiority of the Southern officers over the Northern.
--It is impossible to read the Southern
accounts in detail of the battle at Bull Run
, which we published yesterday, and compare them with the accounts given by our own officers and men, as well as of those civilians who witnessed the fight, without coming to the conclusion that the Southern
army had greatly the advantage in officers over the Northern
They fought with a bravery which coats the conduct of the Union
officers into the shade, and that self-sacrificing heroism told on the fortunes of the day. The men advanced to the charge or held important positions while they were decimated because they were animated and fired by the example of their leaders.
It is impossible otherwise to account for their great loss in men and officers, far exceeding, according to our accounts, the loss in the Union
The number of our officers of high rank killed and wounded beers no proportion to those killed and wounded in leading the enemy.
The rebels lost at least in killed, two Generals
, one Brigadier General
, six Colonels
, one Lieutenant Colonel
; in wounded, one Brigadier-General
, six Colonels
and three Majors
--twenty field officers in all. The loss in company officers, though great, was not, perhaps, or equal proportion.
The Southern field officers fell in leading their troops to the charge, and the example inspired their men with great ardor, even when they were inclined to give way. We read that Beauregard
themselves were in the thickest of the fight at the decisive moment — Beauregard
having his horse shot under him; and throughout the day these Generals
exposed themselves continually to death, by galloping a long the front of their lines to observe the development of the battle.
Where were our field officers during this period?
We are almost ashamed to tell.
We know that there are gallant exceptions — such as Sprague
, of Rhode Island
; but it must be confessed that our field officers, on the whole, reflected but little credit upon the army or upon the loyal States, and the chief part of the fighting was done by brave privates and company officers on their own hook.--N. Y. Herald.