und Washington an army both formidable in numbers and respectable in efficiency.
There then arose the problem of putting it in motion; and this problem involved two questions—when to strike, and where? The latter was a question that concerned the general-in-chief; but the former was one that profoundly touched the people, who, as the sustainers of the war, thronged in and made their voice heard, and became partakers of the counsels of state.
This is the striking expression employed by Mr. Kinglake in describing the influence of English public sentiment in enforcing the War of the Crimea.
During that period in which the army was a—fashioning, the public remained silent.
And there was in this silence something almost pathetic; for, knowing that an undue urgency for action, expressed through the public prints, had precipitated the disastrous campaign that ended in Bull Run, men sought to make amends by a sedulous refraining from the like again.
General McClellan was left free to