Regular and volunteer officers.
The New York Herald
remarks that "the Mexican
war was comparatively a ridiculous little farce, while this is a tremendous tragedy.
In war, the poor Mexicans
are but little better than Indians
; for in every encounter with our troops, regardless of numbers or position, they were invariably beaten.
"In this war it is Greek
, and great armies led by scientific officers, with all the modern improvements in arms and equipments, arrayed against each other.
Hence, as we have seen, a civilian general, competent, with five or six hundred Americans
, to win a glorious victory over two or three thousand feeble Mexicans, signally fails when required to lead twenty or thirty thousand Americans
against an equal number of their rebellious brethren in charge of our educated soldiers.
Thus our distinguished volunteer generals of the Mexican
, war are reduced to their proper dimensions, and the subordinate regular officers of that war, such as Brevet Captain Grant
, now rise to the command of our armies."
We leave it to the hero of Bethel
and Fort Fisher
to answer the New York Herald
We will put Butler
any day. We commend the Herald
to the late Lowell
speech for a vindication of Yankee volunteer officers. "Failures" they may make, bloodless failures, but not "disasters"; not the two battles of Manassas
, not the Seven Pines
, not the Chickahominy
, not Fredericksburg
, not Chancellorsville
, not the Wilderness
, not the Cold
Harbor, not the Petersburg
mine, not, in one word, the command of the Army of the Potomac!
sees fit to answer that other military critic of the Herald,
and is disposed to tell the truth (a crime which even Yankees are capable of committing in self-defence), he may correct the figures of the Herald
when it speaks of its Americans
, i. e.,
, negroes, and some Yankees, being led by regular officers "against an equal number of their rebellious brethren in charge of educated soldiers." There have been few battles in this war in which the numbers were equal, or anything like it. The Yankees
have been boasting from the beginning that their population outnumbered us four to one, and claim that they have, from first to last, had an army of three millions.
We will not take advantage even of their official lies, but the fact is undoubted that their armies have been at least double the number of our own, infinitely superior in equipments and munitions of war, sometimes armed with weapons which gave each soldier twelve fires to our one; with an abundant and unfailing commissariat, and the ports of the world open for the supply of men and means; whilst our own have been sealed by blockading squadrons.--What have their regular generals accomplished with all these advantages?
A series of bloody "disasters," responds Butler
, whilst the volunteer officers have only suffered harmless "failures."
Let them settle their quarrels between themselves.