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.
A rebel General � Dick Taylor.
Mac�s proper panygerist.