ond and Sixth Corps moored from their old position on the right towards the Weldon railroad.
Lee seems to have anticipated a movement by our left, and determined to turn our right flank.
Whnds of the enemy; but our line of battle was soon reformed.
The men had become accustomed to Lee's new practice of acting entirely on the defensive, and must have been confused by his hold assauable quantities of ammunition, shot and shell, corn and beacon, clothing, shoes, &c, Intended for Lee's army, in the event of his being driven out of Richmond from the northward.
Attacked from the southside, and at Petersburg as the initial point, Lee and Beauregard have, doubtless, industriously employed the last two or three days in removing their supplies from the immediate danger of a fire ence to other and grander designs.--On the other hand, we guess that his fate conference with admiral Lee means something, and that, while apparently consenting to the alternative of a regular slege
ring his army from the north to the south bank of the James might have been accomplished in the beginning of his campaign without the loss of a single life.
He might have come at once to McClellan's old position and crossed the river, or he might have landed on the Southside and reached Petersburg without difficulty.
Instead of that, he came upon a line which he proclaimed he would hold if it took him all summer, and sacrificed seventy-five or a hundred thousand men to reach a point which he might have reached without expending a drop of blood.
If he had a hundred thousand men to spare why not send them to Butler, while he pressed Lee on the Rapidan ? And finally, if the Western army succeeded because it had Ulysses S. Grant at its head, why has not the Northern army succeeded under the same chieftainship ? To assume its success before it has attained its object is in keeping with the boastfulness of a people who take cities one day in newspapers and eat their own words the next.
bounden duty, wherever the facts that call for it can be satisfactorily established, it is not so easy to establish the facts in each individual allegation, nor to punish the wrong doer even when the facts are established.
As to hoisting the black flag, that is easier said than done.
Let any man calmly reflect upon the probable consequences of hoisting the black flag, and he will scarcely be in a humor to condemn the President, even on the score of policy, for adhering as long as possible to the laws of civilized warfare.
Moreover, in the language attributed to General Lee, "we should be governed not so much by what our enemies deserve, as by what is due to ourselves." Can any man suppose that the President is less sensitive than any one else to the atrocities committed by the Vanndale, or that if it were right and expedient to hoist the black flag, he would hesitate to recommend it?
Who has as much interest as himself in pursuing that course which is best for the public good ?