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[newspaper clipping]
					To McClellan
Gen. R. Taylor pays this not original but still note-
worthy form of tribute:
  Taking the raw material intrusted to him, he converted it into a
great miliary machine, complete in all its parts, fitted for its in-
tended purpose.  Moreover, he resisted the natural impatience of
his Government and people, and the follies of politicians and news-
papers, and for months refused to put his machine at work before
all its delicate adjustments were perfected.  Thus, much in its
own despite, the North obtained armies and the foundation of suc-
cess.  The correctness of the system adopted by McClellan proved
equal to all emergencies, and remained unchanged until the close of
the war.  Disappointed in his hands, and suffering painful defeats
in those of his immediate successors, the  Army of the Potomac 
always recovered, showed itself a vital organism, and finally tri-
umphed.  McClellan organized victory for his section, and those
who deem the preservation of the  Union  the first of earthly du-
ties should not cease to do him reverence.
  I have here written of McClellan, not as a leader, but an or-
ganizer of armies: and as such he deserves to rank with the Von
Moltkes, Scharnhorsts, and Lonvois of history.
  Constant struggle against the fatal interference of politicians
with his military plans and duties separated McClellan from the
civil department of his Government, and led him to adopt a policy
of his own.  The military road to Richmond, and the only one as
events proved, was by the peninsula and the James river, and it
was his duty so to advise. He insisted, and had his way; but not
for long.  A little of that selfishness which serves lower intelli-
gences as an instinct of self-preservation would have shown him
that his most dangerous enemies were not in his front.

[Gunn s handwriting]
A rebel General   Dick Taylor.
Mac s proper panygerist.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen: page two hundred and fifty-seven
Description:Newspaper clipping of a ''tribute'' from Confederate General Taylor to General McClellan.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; McClellan, George B.; Military; Taylor, Richard
Scan Date:2010-06-17

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nineteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" in Virginia while traveling with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular Campaign; the Siege of Yorktown; the Battle of Williamsburg; his departure from Alexandria on the steamer Kent; the ruins of Hampton, Virginia, after it was burnt by John B. Magruder; touring the gunboat Monitor; the death of Fitz James O'Brien from a gunshot wound; Jim Parton's temporary separation from Fanny Fern; and seeing Robert E. Lee's house in Virginia.
Subject:Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marches (U.S. Army); Marriage; Medical care (U.S. Army); Military; Military camp life; Peninsular Campaign (Va.); Prisoners of war (Confederate); Siege of Yorktown (Va.); Slavery; Slaves; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.