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3374. GENERALS, Incompetent.—[further continued].

Will not [General] Van
Rensselaer be broke for cowardice and incapacity?
To advance such a body of men
across a river without securing boats to bring
them off in case of disaster, has cost 700
men; and to have taken no part himself in
such an action, and against such a general
would be nothing but cowardice.—
To President Madison. Ford ed., ix, 370.
(M. Nov. 1812)