Groans of the Federalists.
The Northern journals groan in the most hemal tones over the result of the Bethel battle.
They have a great variety of modes of accounting for it, and no doubt each journalist could manage it better, if he had the personal direction of the affair.
The ‘"inordinate love of life"’ among the invaders is the most obvious explanation.
is highly complimented by the New York Herald
, who styles him ‘"the right man in the right place."’ About his being ‘"the right man,"’ we have our doubts, but that Fortress Monroe
is ‘"the right place"’ for the man whom Smith
. of California
, scared out of his boots at the Charleston Convention, there can be question.
Some ill-natured newspapers blame Gen. Butler
for not proceeding himself in command of the large force that attacked Bethel Church.
But the modesty of Butler
is equal to his genius.--He knew very well that his presence could do no one else any good, and might be the cause of individual harm to himself.
Therefore, he magnanimously gave his brother General from Massachusetts
a chance for the luck and laurels which were growing so plentifully at Bethel