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What shall it be called?


The following note appeared in the Whig, of yesterday.

"Permit me, a spectator, in part, of the late two days battle, near the south bank of the Chickahominy, to enter my earnest protest against allowing the discomfited and utterly routed enemy to name 'the greatest battle of the war,' which has crowned the Confederate arms with signal victory. With bold and insolent mendacity the twice beaten foe has converted into a two-fold victory on paper what was, in fact and in truth, a most disastrous defeat to him on the battle-field. To suffer a defeated enemy, deceptively and mendaciously boasting of victory, to bestow the baptismal name on the fight is very nearly skin to acquiescence in his false claim of triumph. Away, then, with the name of 'The Seven Pines,' as a weak invention of the foe, devised by him, with sinister intent, and let the great and brilliant two days victory, which we have so bloodily won, first as assailants and then as assailed, take its place on the historic page and go down to posterity as 'The Great Battle of the Chickahominy,' resulting in the capture the first day, and retention the next, of the enemy's camp, entrenchments, artillery, and stores, and covering our Generals and their troops with unfading laurels and undying glory.


"Ballard's Exchange Hotel," Richmond, June 9, 1862."
["The question of appellation will probably be decided by the official report of the Commanding, General.--Whig."]

No matter who named the field of battle, we are very much of Mr. Yeadon's opinion, Great battles frequently give immortal names to obscure places. But we should think if there be near the spot a place or a river already conspicuous, the battle should take its name from that. Nobody ever heard of the Seven Pines, but everybody has heard of the Chickahominy. It has been known ever since the days of Powhatan and Pocahontas. It is historical — anciently historical. It was first explored by Captain John Smith, and it was in that exploration that he was taken prisoner and saved from destruction by the intervention of Pocahontas. Its name was known wherever types and ink could make it known before Penn was born, and while Philadelphia was yet a trackless forest. We give our vote for Chickahominy, although the name will, as the Whig says, be decided by the report of the Commanding General.

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