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McClellan and Pope.

Much indignation has of late been visited upon Pope, by both the Yankee and Confederate press, while, in general, they both seem to spare McClellan. We do not see that there is anything to choose between them. The Yankees abuse Pope because be was unsuccessful So was McClellan. We abuse Pope because he instigated his troops to plunder and destroy the country through which he passed. If McClellan did not do the same thing. at least he took no pains to prevent it. The country be tween Richmond and Old Point is as they roughly desolated as the country between the Potomac and the Rapidan. We laugh at Pope for his lying bulletin. and the Yankees are enraged with him on the same account. Yet he did not tell more or greater has than McClellan. If Pope claimed a victory at Cedar Run and Manassas, let it be recollected that McClellan claimed a victory in every one of the battles in which he was ignominiously defeated in front of Richmond His ‘"strategic movement and his’ ‘"change of base,"’ by which he designated his headlong flight from Mechanicville to Berkeley, have become the laughing stock of the world Pope was undoubtedly a great braggart. He boasted that his headquarters were in his ended; that he had never seen anything but the backs of his enemies, and that he left his rear to take care of itself. But surely McClellan's Paradies upon the bulletins of Napoleon after the little skirmishes at Rich Mountain, his address to his troops at Washington, in which he said that hereafter there was to be no retrograde movement; his threat to ‘"press Johnston to the wall;"’ his declaration. while he was cowering under the protection of his gunboats at Berkeley, that he was determined to take Richmond still; his grant of permission to his troops to record their own shame by ing on their colors the names of the battles in which they had fled like sheep before the Confederates--surely, we say, all there entitle him to be considered, at least, the equal of Pope in the art of bragging.

The difference between the two men we take to be this: Pope is an open. unblushing, bare-faced scoundrel, who is proud of being such, and openly boasts of it. McClellan is equally a scoundrel, but he is a smooth tongued, hypocritical scoundrel, who smiles in your face, and addresses you with honeyed words while he is plundering you. Of the two we hold McClellan to be the worst, for he is a hypocrite in addition to his other demerits.

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