--The Lynchburg Virginian
thus analyzes a portion of the Federal
account of Banks
In one of Banks
's many dispatch as respecting his little mishap in the Valley
he says that he had but two brigades of less that 4 00） all told
This little force, according to his showing had about five hundred wagons, a of which, except fifty, were safely carried off into land.
Now, this is a most marvellous story — What would an army of 4,000 men want with 500 wagons, unless every man wanted transportation for himself.
is as woll provided with wagons as Banks
was assuming that he has 100,000 men, he should have 12,500 wagon!. We do not doubt that Banks
had 500 wagons, for he was well fixed with every needful appliance, but we know that he lost more than fifty.
We have seen a gentleman just from the Valley
, who counted amongst Jackson
's booty far more than this in one train, whilst he saw, piled up in the road, in two places, large numbers of wagons fully equal to the number Banks
affirms to have lost, that the Yankees
had attempted to burn.
The truth is, they have formed the habit of lying about all their operations, and if it had not been such a patent and palpable fact that Banks
was whipped in all of his encounters with Jackson
, and finally driven from the Valley
, the Yankee
officers and press would have claimed a succession of brilliant victories.