thing I have ever read in military history.
Just look at the entire arrangement.
When our main army fell back from Fredericksburgh, the Rappahannock, and Rapidan, and went to Yorktown to meet McClellan, Fredericksburgh was threatened by a large diFredericksburgh was threatened by a large division under McDowell: Ewell was deputed to watch him, and did it well; but in the Valley there were not less than three army corps coming up to form a grand army to advance on Richmond from the west.
Jackson was at Winchester with a small force, ahen was, the fleet was his protection and main hope.
All this time the Federals under Pope were concentrating round Fredericksburgh, and preparing to advance from the north and east, in which case McClellan, being reenforced, was, if possible, to cbug, and had been assigned to Pope's army.
General McDowell also — who for many months before had been stationed at Fredericksburgh, and was promised chief command of this movement when joined by Banks, Blenker, Milroy, Shields, and Fremont from th
e old army and offered their services to the South, and was always looked upon as a promising officer; the part he has played in the present struggle for independence stamps him as a young man of real genius.
He greatly distinguished himself at Manassas, twenty-first July, Mechanicsville, Gaines's Mills, etc. He is now a Major-General. Jackson was hovering in their rear,
Jackson did it.-It is very easy, now that the affair is over, to perceive the cause of McClellan's recent reverse.
At thon Artillery Corps, Kemper's battery, and other organizations; and I must confess the efficiency of volunteers in that arm is surprising.
Kemper's battery and the New-Orleans Artillery never fired other than blank cartridges before Bull Run and Manassas; yet such was their precision that the enemy frequently withdrew disabled and humbled — I mean the Federal regulars.
I cannot help thinking that the enthusiasm and pluck of our boys have much to do with it. Being accustomed to arms from infancy