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t details from that region, where the most terrible conflict on land and water is hourly expected. It is evident, from the movements of the rebel monster Merrimac, that it is not the intention to engage the Monitor and the other vessels of Com. Goldsborough's fleet outside the bar. It is believed that the object of the rebels is to draw the Monitor out of her position, so as to enable the two iron-clad steamers, Jamestown and Yorktown, to pass the blockade. The preparations of General McClellan are vigorously prosecuted. His vigilance is sleepless and his arrangements complete. The force of the enemy has been rather underrated than overestimated. There is reason to believe that the rebel strength is over one hundred thousand, and that a large number of the best cannon in their possession are in position, and the rebel troops there are the best drilled and the best armed in the rebel service. The deserters and prisoners that have fallen into our lines are armed with imp
The Daily Dispatch: April 19, 1862., [Electronic resource], The coming struggle on the Peninsula. (search)
ttle does come off, it will be a fearful one, for the stake is enormous, being nothing less than the face of Virginia. Having taken months to prepare, having assembled such a force as the world has not seen since Napoleon advanced into Russia, McClellan feels that to him defeat would be ruin, while the Confederate soldiers and leaders feel that not only their fate, but the fate of their country, is staked upon the issue, and they cannot afford to be defeated. The contest cannot long be deferrhimself will be on the field, as he has intimated. He will share the fate of his soldiers in life or in death, in victory or defeat. The New York Herald thinks that the drama is soon to close with a bloody tragedy of surpassing grandeur, when McClellan is to be rewarded by the capture of the Confederate Cabinet and Congress. The boastful confidence of the Northern press and authorities is something that affords a very strange contrast to the dismal, universal howl that arose after the battle