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cannot see why McClellan, who professed to have an army of a hundred and fifty thousand in Washington, did not advance last fall, when the reads, till an unneuatly late period in the winter, were in on admirable condition — They went to know what he has done, besides protecting Lincoln and the members of Congress and the city of Washington. The Tribune declared that he intended to make Manassas's Christmas present to the North, but Christmas came and went, and Manassas remained the town till Gen, Johnrich saw as to give it by himself the very moment when it proved a fatal gift, disconcerting completely McClellan's long deliberated plan of the campaign. We believe that McClellan is a gentleman, humane in his sentiments, and has some regard for the usages of civilized warfare; but his declaration months ago that the contest would be a short and desperate one, and his late grandiloquent address to his soldiers, are in striking contrast to his actual performances. We now hear that he
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as late as the afternoon of April 2d, from with we make the following selections: Advance of the Valley. Woodstock, Va., April 1. --Gen. Banks advanced from Strasburg this morning towards this point. When on approaching the town,. Ashby, with a force of Rebel cavalry, infantry and battery, disputed the passage of the Federal troops. We however, passed on through the town, the rebels frequently stopping in their retreat and throwing shells, to which we responded with effort. Gen! Banks pursued the enemy to Edinburg, five miles south of Woodstock, Ashby burning the intupike and one railroad bridge in his retreat. All the railroad bridges between here and Strasburg had been previously destroyed. The only casualty on our side was one man killed an the Twenty-ninth Pennsylvania regiment, and one of the Second Massachusetts regiment received a rifleball in his sels plate, but it proved harmised. Later. Woonstock, April 2, 8 A. M. --Our guns and musketr