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ritten imposing dispatches to Washington, describing the successes in his Department.
The public, not then knowing that he had neither planned nor fought a single one of the battles he described, and had not even been under fire in Western Virginia, and that he was entitled to no more credit for any of those victories than the writer of this paragraph — the bewildered and appalled public, and the horribly frightened officials at Washington, who, in their nightly dreams, saw visions of Beauregard and the Black-Horse cavalry crossing the Long Bridge, instantly indicated McClellan as the man to supplant Mcllowell.
Precisely why they called him they did not know, and I fancy they have not yet found out. But the war had hardly begun, and his department was the only one in which anything had been done; and, forgetting how cheap pen and ink are, they took it for granted that the author of such glowing dispatched must, in fighting qualities, be the ante-type of Frederick, of Bincher, of