The Federal Generals.
--It has been observed that not many Federal Generals
have been killed in this war. The military expediency of keeping out of danger is fully appreciated by those heroes, so self-denying of glory, so generous in their distribution of the posts of honor and peril to the humble privates in their
, butting the heads of his rank and file against the ramparts of Fredericksburg
, and ensconcing himself in a snug covert three miles from the roar of battle, is a fair specimen of the military discretion of the Commander in Chief
of the Federal
It is a rare thing to hear of one of them who is unmindful of the great law of self preservation.
Such slaughter as has been witnessed among the common soldiers of the Yankee
army has not often been witnessed, nor such exemption from peril as their leaders have enjoyed.
, all live, and have not even a scar to testify that they have ever been engaged in a battle of this war.
And yet, though successful in escaping Confederate bullets, they are as dead, to all intents and purposes, as if they had shared the fate of the thousands whom they have driven to the slaughter.
Not one of the long array we have mentioned has survived the fields of their former notoriety.
Each and all of them have been paralyzed by the shock of arms which they so carefully kept out of, and laid up in a mausoleum where they are scarcely objects of curiosity to the living world.
The Confederates have killed them one and all as effectually as if they had perforated their carcases with Minnie bullets.
Better would it have been for their reputation to have perished in the smoke and din of battle than to go down to posterity not only defeated, but disgraced.
They have purchased a few years of life at the expense of all that makes life desirable to a soldier.
With them the process of decomposition has begun before death, and they are masses of living putrefaction — a stench in the nostrils of all mankind and of themselves.
Our people, therefore, need feel no discouragement if the loss of the enemy in Generals
is so much less apparently than our own. In reality, it is greater.
Every defeat disgraces them, drives them from their positions, and render them as impotent, and far more contemptible, than if they had been slain in battle.