The public is still in a fog with regard to the army; perhaps before this issue shall go to press we shall have something more definite.
In the meantime it seems to be clearly established, that only a division or two have been withdrawn from the other side of the Potomac
, for the purpose of resisting a contemplated movement by Burnside
upon our communications at Harper's Ferry
The most credible account we have been able to collect, represents Gen. Lee
as having thoroughly repulsed McClellan
on the 17th, as having pursued him on the 18th, and having defeated him again on the 19th, (Friday.) This account receives confirmation from McClellan
's bulletin, claiming a great victory.
His victories always result in ‘"a change of base."’
It is strange that our community should have been so much excited by the lying reports of the Yankee
papers, and the lying bulletins of McClellan
They had experienced enough of both while McClellan
was below Richmond
Not a skirmish occurred between a dozen men, that he did not telegraph a great victory, let the result be what it might.
When skulking under the cover of his gunboats, whence he stole off with not a third of his original army, he claimed to have been victorious in every one of the battles that had reduced him to that pitiful condition.
Our people seem to have forgotten all this, and to have taken his telegrams of last week for undoubted and undisputed gospel.
In New York they shut their eyes to the capture of a whole Yankee army--11,000 strong — the largest capture ever made in this country; and went mad over a reported victory of McClellan
, which, had it ever occurred, would have been but a miserably poor compensation for the loss they had sustained.
They burnt more tar barrels on the occasion than have been burnt in the entire Confederacy for our whole series of unrivalled victories.
Shops were shut up generally, and the whole population turned out in a solid mass.
What would they do if they could gain only one such victory as that of Manassas