Advance of the Grand Army.
It is very evident to the country that Gen. McClellan makes no mistakes. He has commenced a "Forward to Richmond" movement, but in a style very different from that adopted in June last. His movement upon the enemy is by a series of seige approaches, just as he would attempt to take a fortified town, and his advance, though slow, is undoubtedly sure. He never leaves a position without fortifying it to a state of perfect security, in case he at any time shall deem it advisable to fall back, and is driving the enemy from one after another of their foremost positions.
Knowing that the war is to be fought chiefly by artillery, he is planning his campaign with a view to make his field pieces most effective, and at the same time avoid the necessity of launching his masses of infantry against batteries, without first clearing the way by his own heavy guns.
Various opinions are held amongst even military men at Washington in relation to the probabilities of another great battle in the vicinity of the capital, but the young commander-in-chief keeps his own counsels, and quietly pursues his own course regardless of the sage advice given him by the politicians. The President and cabinet have the fullest confidence in his ability and management, and do not hamper him, even by their advice. If McClellan meets the enemy he will defeat them: he will not attack until he is fully prepared, and should the improbable event occur of an attack from the enemy he will repulse them with great slaughter.
McClellan is not conducting the war upon the Napoleonic plan, but more after the fashion of Wellington's campaign. He aims not at brilliant achievements, but at certain success. It is highly probable that with his army he could rout the foe even behind their entrenchments at Bull Run and Manassas, but it would be at the cost of thousands of valuable lives, and though, as a French surgeon said of an operation, it would be "one very breelyant affaire," he prefers less brilliancy and greater safety.
If this rebellion can be crushed and the country saved, Gen. McClellan is the man to do it, and the whole country has the most unbounded trust in his genius and capacity. Great occasions develop great men; and it is fourtunate that we have found a commander in the person of GEO. B. McCLELLAN.