An intelligent New York gentleman in a social letter to us says, “I think that McClellan will have some hot work at Yorktown. I hope that I am mistaken, but I cannot resist the fear that McClellan is not the man for the gigantic task he has before him. I wish that he had some of your Western troops with him. I think the fact is beyond dispute that the Western soldiers are the best fighters and the Western officers the ablest in the Union.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, May 2, 1862, p. 1