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.