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enied. But it must be recollected that this was the consequence not of the expedition itself, but of the withdrawal of the troops, and has not therefore the slightest bearing upon the wisdom of the measure. Had General Lee destroyed the army of Meade, as there was every reason to hope we should then have seen how fatal was the blow he had struck. The wisdom of a measure is not always to be judged by its success. We must look to the design, and see what would have been the consequences had it succeeded. In this case we may judge what they would have been, by the abject terror with which the Yankees were struck when they found their country invaded. Had Gen. Lee destroyed the army of Meade — and this was what he aimed and expected to do — he would have held in his hands the issues of war and peace. He failed to accomplish his object, but failure in the execution implies no want of judgment in the conception, unless the means should be ridiculously small. They were not so in
e Provost Marshal, and other officials. Gen. Lee's Army across the Potomac. The following is a dispatch from General Meade: Headq'rs Army of the Potomac,July 13--3 P. M. H. W. Halleck, General in Chief: My cavalry now occupy Fwo guns and caissons, two battle flags, and a large number of small arms. The enemy are all across the Potomac. G. G. Meade. The New York Tribune, commenting on this dispatch, says: We regret to say that the dispatch from oursterday afternoon, announcing the escape of the rebel army across the Potomac, is confirmed by the official bulletin of Gen. Meade. The only loss attending the movement was of a brigade of infantry, fifteen hundred strong, two guns, two caissons, twt the laurels of the campaign, subsequent to his defeat at Gettysburg, belong also to him. We do not suppose that Gen. Meade has not pressed the pursuit with all the energy and determination which the condition of his army admitted. It may wel