James S. Wadsworth Many good men have freely given their lives to save our country from disruption and overthrow, and more we apprehend, must yet die that the nation may live; but New York has never before laid so noble a sacrifice on the alter of national integrity as when General James S. Wadsworth fell gloriously leading his division in stern re- sistance to the desperate charge of the co- horts of slaveholding treason, in the terrible struggle of Friday last. General Wadsorth became a soldier only at the call of patriotism. Wealthy by inheritance, and in the enjoyment of every temporal blessing, he took the field only at the imerative call of duty. A Federalist by education, a Democrat by conviction, he early took part in the "Free Soil" move- ment that divided the Democracy of this State, and gave a zealous, effective support to Van Buren and Adams in the Presiden- tial contest of 1848, as also to Fremont and Dayton in 1856, and to Lincoln and Hamlin in 1860. Appointed a delegate to the "Peace Conference" or "Congress" of 1861, he sognalized himself throughout its delib- erations by a ready and cordial support of every proposal of conciliation that a Re- publican could honorably assent to, and a stern resistance to the other sort. He was a most zealous and efficient supporter of Governor Chase for a leading postion in President Lincoln's cabinat, and of the maintainance of the Union against every open or covert effort to subvert it. Secession having culminated in civil war, Mr. Wadsworth volunteered to serve the Union cause in any capacity. Gov. Mor- gan proposed him and Gen. Dix, for Major- Generals of the force (17 regiments) requir- ed from this State. The Government decided that we were entitled to but one, and appointed Gen. Dix. Mr. Wadsworth asked no rank whatever, but was appoint- ed an aid on the staff of Gen. McDowell, and in that capacity participated in the Bull Run disaster. Appointed a Brigadier, he spent the winter of 1861-2 with the army of the Potomac encamped in Virginia, and shared its passionate indignation at being cooped up and virtually beseiged there by a force but half as large as its own. He afterward served several months as mili- tary governor of Washington, but was in due time restored to service in the field, resisting as Major-General a rebel force at least double his own in the first day's con- flict at Gettysburg, and sharing in the glo- rious victory which ultimately crowned the Union arms on that bloody field. Had Gen. Meade listened to his urgent advice in the council of corps commanders the night before Lee escaped across the Poto- mac into Virginia last July, there would have been no great battles to fight in 1864. Gen. Wadsworth was the enthusuatic choice of the Republicans and War Dem- ocrats of our State for Governor in 1862, and received the votes of so many of them as were not absent in the Union armies.--- But seventy or eighty thousand of them were thus absent, and hence denied a voice in the election; so a base intrigue among the mercenary and unprincipled camp-fol- lowers of the Republican standard was en- abled to rejoice the heart of every open or secret traitor from the St. John to the Rio Grande by defeating him and electing in his stead Horatio Seymour. It was the triumph of cowardice, treachery, and ev- ery base impulse, and of course short-lived; The blood of Gen. Wadsworth will lie heavy on the souls of those pretended sup- porters of the government in its hour of trial who devised and achieved this na- tional calamity.---N.Y. Tribune.