The enemy's losses in the late operations.
The enemy admit a loss, down to Friday night, of 17,000 men, Pope
officially stating his loss on that day to have been 8,000.
In one of the Baltimore
papers it is said that the entire Yankee loss, including that of Saturday, is 32,000 men — killed, wounded, and prisoners.
This statement allows 15,000 for the lost on Saturday.
That the loss of that particular day was vastly greater than the enemy admit, we take to be certain.
They are not the persons to overestimate their own losses, and, in the meantime, Gen. Lee
tells us that over 7,000 of them were taken and paroled on the field.
If they fought the battle with anything like the desperation they pretend, considering that it lasted five hours, they certainly had more than 8,000 killed and wounded. The letter of Dr. Coolidge
is conclusive upon this point.
He says that four days after the battle there were still three thousand wounded Yankees, uncared for within the lines of Gen. Lee
It is very certain, if they were not cared for, it was because the number of wounded was so great that their turn had not come.
Our own wounded, not exceeding, it is said, 3,000, could very well be attended to in a day, and then the turn of the Yankees
Yet so numerous were they, that at the end of four days three thousand of them had not received surgical assistance.
This indicates an enormous list of wounded, and confirms the report of one officer, who puts down their killed at 5,000, and their wounded at three times that figure, making 20,000 killed and wounded, and of others who say that their killed and wounded were to us in the proportion of five, six, and even seven to one.
As many prisoners were taken, who were not included in the 7,000 paroled men mentioned by General Lee
, we do not think we make an overestimate when we set down the whole Yankee loss at 30,000 in round numbers.
Their loss on Friday, estimated by Pope
himself at 8,000, added to their loss on Saturday, makes 38,000.
Previous operations, including the battle of Cedar Run
, the several expeditions of Seward
, and the various skirmishes in which we were almost uniformly victorious, we should think would fairly bring the total loss of the enemy — leaving out of the account the victory of A. P. Hill
on Sunday, of which we have not the particulars — to 50,000 men, since our forces first crossed the Rapidan
This is a result almost unequalled in the history of modern campaigns.
describes his manæuvres in the commencement of the German campaign of 1809 as the ablest he ever executed.
In one day he broke through the centre of the Austrian army, which was scattered over a vast extent of country, and placed himself between the two wings.
On the second, he fell upon the left, which he almost annihilated at Landstreet
, seizing its communications and cutting it off from Vienna
On the third, he attacked the right, under the Archduke Charles
, at Eckmiehl, and totally routed it, forcing it off upon the Danube
in a lateral direction, exactly like McClellan
's change of base to Westover
On the fourth, he attacked the rear as it was endeavoring to pass the Danube
, and annihilated the rear guard.
The result, according to his statement, was a loss to the enemy of 50,000 men. We know not enough of Gen. Lee
's strategy to compare it with the strategy of the French Emperor
on that occasion; but the results have been equally brilliant and equally indicative of the resources of a great military genius.
Day after day the enemy were beaten, until his disasters culminated on the Plain of Manassas
Day after day our officers and men manifested their superiority to the enemy.
The sum total is glorious for all parties concerned, and most suspicious for the country.