The Removal of Gen. McGlellan.
Now that ultra abolitionism has succeeded in forcing the president to supersede Gen. McClellan & has driven Mr. Lincoln, "the poor coward," as Gov. Yates terms him, into acquiescence in their last most impudent demand, in the face of an overwhelming verdict of the people against abolition machinations, it remains to be seen if they have secured in Gen. Burnside the supple tool which the abolition cabal desire to have at the head of the army. We do not believe they have. If there was no other evidence of this, it is shown in Burnside's expression to the soldiers of the army of the Potomac on taking command, that he is "fully identified with them in their felling of respect and esteem for Gen. McClellan, entertained through a long and most friendly association with him." From the beginning, Gen. Burnside has shown himself to be a true soldier, and that his labors have been directed to the restoration of the Union and the supremacy of the constitution. If he continues to make this his sole object, he will not fill the bill of the abolition cabal, and their organs will be found howling upon his track, as they have been upon McClellan's.
They succeeded in supplanting McClellan with Pope, and the country, with shame and mortification, knows the result. McClellan was entreated by the government to resume the command. He declined, and it was tendered to Burnside and others, who responded that McClellan was the man for the crisis, and, after further solicitation, in which it was urged that it was a patriotic duty incumbent upon him to assume the command, he at last did so, with the pledge from the administration that he should not be hampered and meddled with in the prosecution of his campaign. To some extent this pledge was fulfilled, and successes followed, when the persecutions of the abolition cabal again commenced. Again the intrigues of the war department were renewed. Again the yelping curs of the abolition press were set upon him, and supplies were grudgingly and niggardly furnished his army. Every obstacle was thrown in the way of the efficient prosecution of his plans, and it is not clear that the Harper's Ferry disaster was not an invention of his abolition enemies, which they are now endeavoring to put upon him, though that point was not embraced within his command.
The cabal of jacobins having been condemned in the recent elections by the people, for the governmental enormities which they have instigated, but they impudently assume that the verdict is against McClellan and not against themselves and the administration, which they drag hither and thither, to the disgrace and humiliation and monstrous injury of the country. Thus interpreting the popular rebuke, they perpetrate the further enormity of insulting the people, by the completion of a work, their labors in which was one of the leading objects of popular condemnation & their persecution of McClellan.
They have forced him out at last. We shall now see if his successor suits them better. Our respect for Gen. Burnside forbids the belief that he will. His career hitherto shows that his labors have been, like McClellan's, devoted to "supporting the constitution of our country." If he so continues, he will not suit abolition purposes, and, like McClellan, will be hounded from command.
Gen. McClellan will leave the command of the Potomac army with that respect and esteem of both army and people which have ever been entertained for him, while his abolition persecutors are condemned by and have the contempt of both.