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Rappahannock, are fulsome in their praises of Hooker."With the reins of his command [not "horse"] well in hand, Gen. Hooker rode along the entire lines, witnessing the crossing at Kelley's Ford!" says an enthused correspondent. The same faithful chronicler represents the march to have been taken up with "sealed orders," and it was not until the crossing was successfully progressing that the seal was broken. "Then, and not till then," says the writer "he [Hooker] gave to his corps commanders the plan of the pending movement." Again, "Though no proclamation has been issued to that effect, it is quite certain that the headquarters of the army is in the saddle." The army was "electrified by the change." And thus we have letter after letter full of pompous announcements and fulsome detail such as would be found nowhere save in a Northern Yankee newspaper. The pomp and circumstance of the crossing was looked upon in Yankeedom as the grand prelude to the overwhelming blow their favorite General was about to strike the rebellion. That General had gained his position in a manner which would not have found favor anywhere but in the United States. He did it by defaming his brother officers, and by making a boast of his own plane in comparison with theirs, and enlarging most disgustingly upon the achievements his untried strategy would have secured. The unmilitary tyrant, and all his unmilitary subjects, were captivated by the prefigured results, and resolved to try Hooker. --What if he was not an honorable gentleman! They all knew there were a plenty of smart rascals in Yankeedom. And what if he was disgustingly boasting of his own sagacity and military tact, they are only disgusted with defeated men, and boasting and self conceit are national characteristics of the North, and therefore not to be objected to in Hooker] But Hooker failed is a different man from Hooker before his failure, and with all the prospective victories he had engaged to win for the Yankees! He will now "get his fairing" They will all be down upon him. He has disappointed them, and all his faults and deficiencies will be magnified, and he will be the best abused man of the day. About the time of the battle of Fredericksburg he sighed sentimentally to a friend for relief from war, and for the enjoyment once more of his fields and herds in California. [He never had field or herd there.] He may now indulge his pastoral tastes and go to grass himself, like another Nebuchadnezzar. The Yankees will be revenged upon Hooker! For his benefit we will relate an anecdote which he may adopt with malignant satisfaction to his own case; Many years ago, when the discipline of the public guard in this city was very severe, a soldier who had transgressed the rules was ordered to be drummed out of town. He was escorted to the tune of the "Rogue's march" to the Manchester side of Mayo's bridge. As his escort turned to leave him he looked after them with folded arms, and exclaimed; "Well, if I am not fit for such a company as that, what the hell am I fit for?"
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