If worthy of their position at all, they have a right to manage their prescribed campaigns in accordance with their own judgment.
No man, however competent, it away from the actual field of operations, intelligently order them when and how to give battle — infinitely such man as now presume to direct in Washington.
We say, then, to those Generals, insist upon a carte blanche in respect to field operations, and, when it is once given.
If it is infringed resign on the spot. McClellan did well in requiring such a permit; but he did not do well in suffering it to be constantly overridden.
Burnside, in like manner, did well in exacting the same column pledge before he took command; but he did not do well in quietly submitting when, two days afterwards, its systematic violation began.
Our commanding Generals cannot act too resolutely or too promptly under such high handed breaches of faith.
Let them henceforth be true to themselves.
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