Gen. McClernand's Belmont Report.
We have heretofore given General Grant's report, and the reports of various other parties, of the battle of Belmont. To-day we give the report of General McClernand, the second in command, who details the part borne by the troops under his immediate command. As all other accounts have previously shown, the Illinoisans at Belmont, led by Grant and McClernand as brigadiers, Logan, Fouke, Dougherty, Lauman and Buford as colonels, with Taylor's battery, and other minor commands, under Illinoisans, bore themselves bravely. Opinions are various as to the advantages resulting from the "dash" on Belmont, but there is but one as to the valor of the Illinois troops in that conflict. Every man was a hero. Their pluck and energy told that, with anything like equal numbers, they would be irresistable.
We have yet to learn what substantial good was really expected to be gained by the movement, but it is understood that the "heaven-born general," Fremont, ordered it, and true men went where they were ordered, did their work like veterans, and if nothing was made, it is no fault of the gallant volunteers of Illinois and Iowa, that they were hurled by swell-head stupidity upon three times their number, to gain, really, a victory, by large loss, though unable to maintain, from inferior numbers, the advantages their valor had achieved.
Whatever the design — whatever the result — there can be but one opinion of the manner in which the Union troops, composed of Illinoisans, with one regiment of Iowans, bore their part. Men could not have behaved more gallantly. They proved that they are to be relied on in the roughest possible work which can be put upon them.