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d when hostilities commenced, yet its success has fallen still further short of those apprehensions. We feared, yet expected, and were prepared to bear up against, an invasion into the very heart of the South. We knew that each step of advance, on their part, would weaken their force and increase our means of defence. Had the "Grand Army" fought at Culpeper Court-House instead of Manassa, the "Grand Army" would now have been a thing of the past. The fate of Braddock, Burgoyne, Cornwallis, Ross, and Packenham had taught us to believe that any serious invasion of the South would be attended with utter destruction to the invaders. But, instead of invading us, our enemy has been exhausting his resources, both in men and money, in defending Washington. They now boast that it is impregnable as Gibraltar. We do not believe that, but on the contrary think that with immense loss of life on our part, we might take it; yet it is certainly their strongest point, defended as it is by the