it — of which you, your State, and your country may not be proud.
I congratulate you on the patriotism that so many of you have evinced in your desire to re-enter the service.
I hope, I pray, and I know that your future career will be as glorious as your past.
I have one other hope; and that is that we may yet servo together some day again.
Loud cheers followed the conclusion of this speech, and officers and men cried out, We'll follow you anywhere, general!
After a speech from Major Harkins, General McClellan took leave with a few words of farewell, the soldiers cheering and crowding round him as he went out of the room.
General McClellan has recently appeared before the public, with much honor to himself, in a literary capacity.
In the autumn of 1863, the officers of the army stationed at West Point formed an association for erecting at that post a monument in commemoration of such officers of the regular army as shall have fallen in the service during the present war.
m, afford no justification for his removal from the command of the army.
He had shown by word and deed that he would do his duty as a soldier, within his sphere, whatever political policy the Administration might adopt or whatever political aspects the war might assume.
This was all the Administration had a right to ask. That he had the confidence and affection of his army is beyond question.
His removal was due to a fact stated affirmatively — though put in the form of a question to General McDowell--by a member of the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War, December 26, 1861,--that there is a political element connected with this war which must not be overlooked.
There has indeed been such an element from the beginning in the conduct of this war; it never has, been overlooked, but has always been prominent, and set in the front of the battle, and has been the fruitful source of mistakes and disasters to our cause.
In the present instance it led to the dangerous exper