Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Another serious reverse. [Gen. Ambrose] Burnside's repulse at Fredericksburg.... Now remains our last card, the emancipation of the slaves. That may do it.... Our partisanship about generals is now rebuked. General [George B.] McClellan has serious faults or defects, but his friends can truly claim that if he had retained command, this disaster would not have occurred. The people and press would perhaps do well to cultivate patience. It is a virtue so needed in a struggle so equal as this. If the people can hold out, we shall find the right man after [a] while.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, pp. 377-378, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Sardis Birchard (December 20, 1862).
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