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Bygones of Monroe:

Important Changes In The Army

The country was thrown into a fever of excitement on Monday morning by the intelligence that no less an important event had taken place thru the removal of Gen. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac, and the appointment of Gen. Burnside in his stead.  Although Gen. McClellan’s worshipers are counted in the thousands, we believe a large majority of the people of the North came to the conclusion long ago that Gen. McClellan was incompetent to lead the army, and ought to be removed; and now that he is removed, their spirits are animated with renewed hope.  One year ago Gen. McClellan had the unlimited confidence of almost every man, woman and child both in and out of the army; and if had achieved successes corresponding with the means at his command, the same confidence would still would be his.  That he has not been removed without the best of cause, is evident from the letter of Gen. Halleck to Secretary Stanton.

Whether any better success will be met with under Gen. Burnside remains to be seen.  He has won many honors in a minor position and the people look to him with hope and confidence.  We think the appointment of Gen. Hooker would have given more universal satisfaction, but it appears that the appointment of Gen. Burnside is without limitation.

Gen. Hooker has been assigned to the command of the Army Corps heretofore commanded by Gen. Fitz John Porter, and the latter has been ordered to Washington to stand his trial upon the charges preferred against him by Gen. Pope, for misconduct at the Battle of Bull Run.

(Monroe Commercial, November 13, 1862, Page 2, Column 1)



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