A Northern paper on Butler.
--The New York Times
, writing about Butler
on the Southside
as a General, says:
No substantial successes have been expected of the James river
expedition since it was announced that Gen. Butler
was in command; for whatever else may be the capacity of that individual, it is notorious that he is incompetent to direct the movements of a regiment, much less an army.
His rule is that of a tyrant, not of a warrior.
The accounts just received from his military operations are by no means flattering; in fact, his column has met with a decided reverse.
, whom he ostentatiously announced as cut off from Richmond
, has played Gen. Butler
a scurry trick.
He brought his army away from Petersburg
by a route which it seemed the Federal
commander knew nothing of, and as dexterous in attack as he is skillful in defence, the wily Frenchman
seized a proper moment to strike a damaging blow.
On Monday morning, under cover of a heaving, Gen. Beauregard
's forces stole a march on the Federal
, some of his troops passing quite to the rear of the enemy, when a general attack was made.
The surprise was a partial, but not a complete success.
On the right Heckman
's brigade; of smith's corps, upon whom the first blow fell, almost surrounded, were driven back on another brigade in confusion, and many of them, including Gen. Heckman
, were taken prisoners.
The Confederate also gained other important advantages on this part of the line, but it is stated, were not so successful in the assault on Gen Gillmore
's corps, which occupied the left.
The result, in brief, was that Gen Beauregard
captured more than a thousand prisoners, a half dozen pieces of artillery, and the abandonment by the Federal
of the formidable line of works which they had previously taken.
The Confederates, as usual, it is said, attacked in overwhelming numbers.
We do not see that the operations in this quarter give the slightest promise of success, not withstanding the glowing accounts of the correspondents of the press, and the fact that Gen. Butler
commands in person.
In the meantime the women of Richmond
, aware of his proximity and peculiarities, are removing their pianofortes and teaspoons.
Recent reports state that Gen Butler
lost five thousand men when Gen Heckman
was engaged with the enemy.