, in a dispatch announcing the total rout of the Confederate army at Murfreesboro
', proves himself as reckless of truth and conscience as McClellan
and the Federal
leaders in general.
We know that to "He like a bulletin," has long since passed into a proverb, and that is a military maxim that lying in order to gain an advantage over an enemy a lawful.
But the morality, or even the expediency, of always claiming a great victory, whether the fact warrant the assumption or not, in more than questionable.
We are happy to believe that our own Generals
have not degraded themselves and their cause by pretending to achievements which they have never performed.
is the model General of the age in this respect.
His reports of battles always fall below, rather than above, the results which have been actually accomplished.
But what is the habit of the Federal General
Just what we might expect from a people who have become as lax and reckless in matters of truth as the Chinese.
Not one of their chief Captains
or subordinate offices has ever given a truthful report of a single battle which has occurred in the war. Here is their last man, Rosecrans
, who claims that he drove the Confederate army in a perfect rout from Murfreesboro
', when the fact is, that after having killed and wounded twenty or thirty thousand of the enemy, according to the accounts of the Yankee
papers themselves, captured thirty cannon, five thousand stand of small arms, four thousand prisoners, with a large quantity of wagons, the Confederates
retired in perfect order, not losing any of their prisoners, guns, or stores, and are prepared again to give battle to the enemy as soon as he dare make the attempt.
These are the real facts of the case, which probably Rosecrans
knows as well as anybody.
That they retired was simply because the heavy reinforcements received by the Federals
to an army which already outnumbered us, in all probability, three or four to one, rendered the contest too unequal for the beat and bravest troops in the world, but they retired without the slightest compulsion, and Rosecrans
dare not follow them.