--The Cincinnati Commercial
is of opinion that McClellan
has been out-generaled by Beauregard
, and it is pretty evident that the former is doomed to the fate of those of his predecessors who have fallen under the ban of Black Republican condemnation.
Events may speedily demonstrate that the commander of the army of the Potomac has been completely out-generaled by Beauregard
; that the occupation of Munson
's and Mason
's hills, and the other advance positions from which the rebels have fallen back, was a feint to cover up important movements in other quarters; that, having served their purpose, these positions were abandoned, not from fear of a flank movement, not because the rebels were awe-stricken by the immense preparations going on in front of them, but because no object could be served by holding them an hour longer.
While the army of the Potomac has been intently watching the progress of their entrenchments and daily expecting an attack in front or in flank, large bodies of troops have been thrown into Western Virginia
, to reinforce Lee
Our dispatches from Washington
this morning, indicate that such suspicious have finally been aroused there, and that instead of Washington
being in danger, the real peril and the real field of operations, are hundreds of miles from the Potomac
is so admirably fortified by all accounts, that it can be readily held by 30,000 efficient men against twice their numbers.
This would enable Beauregard
to detach 25,000 men for operations in Tennessee
, and as many in Western Virginia
, and yet leave him a contingent force of ever 50,000.
In any event, we Hope the West
will be permitted to retain whatever forces she has ready or organizing for the field, to support those already contending with heavy odds in Western Virginia
, and Missouri
,--The coming week will probably develop abundant opportunities for their employment.
While we do not credit all the rumors that burden the air, it is very evident that an entire change has been made in the programme of the war by the rebel commanders, and that they have decided to make the western border the field of offensive operations.