The Battle of Cedar Mountain: Always a Source of Regret
In the January number of the Century magazine for 1886 will be found an account of the Second Battle of Bull Run. 1 It is prefaced by a very brief and incomplete sketch of the operations of the army under my command and transactions connected therewith which preceded that battle, but it contains no account of contemporaneous or subsequent occurrences in that army itself or at Alexandria and Washington, in the rear. Yet an acquaintance with these matters is quite essential to a fair comprehension and judgment of that campaign. It is my purpose in this paper to supply the information at least in part.
General George B. McClellan left behind him a sort of autobiography, which has been published and offered for sale by a presumedly judicious friend. 2 In that work the astounding information is given to the people of this country that President Lincoln and his Cabinet, as also some hundreds or thousands of hitherto respected people, were really traitorous conspirators