Review of McClellan's Cavalry


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ONE of the finest displays of cavalry and artillery ever witnessed upon this continent was made on Sept. 24 on the parade grounds one mile east of the Capitol. There were two thousand cavalry and eight batteries of artillery in line. Each battery consists of six pieces, making forty-

eight pieces. About an equal proportion of 32-pound howitzers, Parrot rifled cannon, James's rifled cannon, and Napoleon guns constituted the character of the ordnance. The cavalry was under the command of General Stoneman, and the artillery under the command of General Barry, both aids to General McClellan, and detailed to the several services named. The whole was reviewed by Major-General McClellan at four o'clock. The General was accompanied by General Van Vleet, Quarter-

master of the Department of the Potomac, Inspector-General Marcy, Captain Sykes and Captain Hudson, of General M'Clellan's staff, General Mansfield and staff, General Andrew Porter and staff, General Fitz-John Porter, General Meigs, General Keyes, General Smith, General Blenker and staff, including Prince Salm-Salm, and the Prince de Joinville and son and two nephews. This entire party accompanied the commanding General in the grand review. It was witnessed by at least five thousand people, and was

highly satisfactory to General McClellan, to guests, and to the spectators generally.

The Prince de Joinville, Prince Salm-Salm, and other experienced military gentlemen from the classic fields of Europe, who have witnessed many military displays in their own countries, express their admiration of the appearance of our men, especially when they learned how short a time they had been mustered into service, and do not hesitate to say that they never witnessed a spectacle

equal to it in Europe. The character of the ordnance and precision of manoeuvres of our men elicited their enthusiastic applause.

The companies of regular cavalry on the ground, though indifferently equipped, showed good drill, and the raw volunteer regiments evidenced much improvement upon their condition when brought here a month since.

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