A military Adventurer.
In the early part of this war, Gen. McClellan
wrote to a distinguished officer in the South
, expressing his desire to serve in the Confederate army.
If he dare deny the fact, and his recent reports prove that in mendacity he is the representative man of the Yankee
nation, it can be demonstrated by such evidence as will close his lips in sternal silence.
When he was at West Point
, he affected to frsternize especially with those from the South
and to have little sympathy with those from his own section.
We dare say this who g nine, and that be really was anxious to serve under Jeff Davis
in this war, but the high bribes offered by Lincoln
was too much for his easy virtue.
He was not the man to se interest to sentiment, and of late has shown a disposition to become as extreme in his antagonism as in his friendship for the South
There are various reasons for McClellan
's change of demeanor from the time when he commanded in Western Virginia
to the present moment.
But the controlling motive is the intense selfishness which led him at the start to give up all his personal sympathies for the take of his personal advancement.
He found that it pleased his master better to be a blackguard than a gentleman, and he has proved himself ready for any role
that improves his own fortunes.
Moreover, it became necessary to propitiate the Northern
was too allow for them, because he had not succeeded in three months in subjugating the South
, and they had discovered in McClellan
a young Napoleon
, who would come up to the mark in time and efficiency.
He himself proclaimed that the war was to be "short and d sperat: " he has proclaimed that over and over again.
He has now been ten months in Scott
's saddles, and he is not yet even in Richmond
The Northern mob begin to suspect their new idol.
They clamor for victories, and he has no victories to give them, except upon paper.
Hence the astounding falsehoods in his accounts of recent battles, so unworthy a gentleman and a soldier.
He is doing homage to the mob for his place, and, in order to keep it, is throwing off, day by day, semblance of those good qualities and decent properties for which he once had credit.