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The Daily Dispatch: July 12, 1862., [Electronic resource], A Yankee letter found amongst the Spoils. (search)
more than one hundred thousand men, in presence of a powerful enemy already in position, and prepared to attack him the instant he commenced the movement, he violated a fundamental principle which has never been infringed without disaster. Frederick the Great attempted this manœuvre at Kolin, and it nearly cost him his crown Wurmser tried it at Castiglione, and he was driven out of Italy. Kutesoff tried it at Austerlitz, and it resulted in one of the most signal defeats known to history. Marmont tried it at Salamance, and his army by trying it McDowell tried it at Manassas, and it came near giving us possession of Washington. To suppose that McClellan would attempt it, when he was watched by a man whom he is known to revers as the first General of the age, at the head of in army which had proved itself more than a match for his own, and which he believed to be superior in numbers — without any sort of compulsion — is to underrate his intelligence as greatly as it was overrated be