--We find the following in the Rochester (N. Y.) Democrat
The reference in the telegraphic column to Gen. W. F. Smith
as "Old Badly," may not be generally understood.
Being in his division, in Franklin
's corps, nearly a year, we always noticed his designation as "Old Baldy" by the West Pointers, the General
being bald headed.
In the "History of the 33d New York Volunteers" is an account of Gen. McClellan
's visit to the picket reserve, in a ravine near the Chickahominy
, with Gens. Porter
While there, McClellan
having divested himself of his coat climbed a tall tree overlooking the plateau toward Richmond
, only five miles distant. On coming down he approached Gen. Smith
and remarked, "Old Baldy, we've got them!" How well we had "got them" the sequel showed.
In less than 48 hours Jackson
and his cohorts pounced with resist less fury upon the right of our army, and shortly after we commenced the disastrous retreat to Harrison's Landing