Gen. McClellan's latest Orders.Below we give two orders issued by General McClellan just previous to the battle which has progressed for the last two days. Perhaps the allusion to the fact of the ‘"army of the Potomac"’ but having been checked would not have been mentioned had the ‘" of the North"’ been able to have foresee the result of the late fight:
Headquarters army of the Potomac,
General Orders, No. 128.
I. Upon advancing beyond the Chickahominy the troops will go prepared for battle at a moment's notice, and will be entirely unencumbered with the exception of ambulances all vehicles will be left on the eastern side of the Chickahominy and carefully parked.
The men will leave their knapsacks packed with the wagons, and will carry three day's rations in their haversacks.
The arms will be put in perfect order before the troops march, and a careful is spection meds of them, as well as of the cartridge boxes, which in all cases will certain at least forty rounds.
Twenty additional rounds will be carried by the men in their pockets.
Commanders of batteries will see that their limber and caisson boxes are filled to their utmost capacity.
Commanders of army corps will devote their personal attention to the fulfilment of these orders, and will personally see that the proper arrangements are made for parking and proper 'v guarding the trains and surplus baggage, taking all the steps necessary to insure their being brought promptly to the front when needed.
They will also take steps to prevent the ambulances from interfering with the movement of any troops.
These vehicles must follow in near of all the troops moving by the same road.
Sufficient guards and staff officers will be destined to carry out these orders.
The ammunition wagons will be hold in readiness to march to their respective brigades and batteries at a moment's warning, but will not cross the Chickahominy until sent for. All quartermasters and ordnance officers are to remain with their trains.
In the approaching battle the General Commanding trusts that the troops will preserve the discipline which he has been so anxious to enforce, and which they have so generally observed.
He calls upon all officers and soldiers to obey promptly and intelligently all orders they may receive.
Let them bear in that the army of the Potomac has never yet been checked; 1st them preserve in battle perfect coolness and confidence, the sure forerunners of success.
They must keep well together; throw away no shots, but aim carefully and low; and, above all things, rely upon the bayonet.
Commanders of regiments are reminded of the great responsibility that treats upon them — upon their coolness, judgment, and discretion the destinies of their regiments and the success of the day will depend.
camp near Coal Harbor Va.,
may 25th, 1862.
S.Williams, Ass't Adj't Gen.