e securing of Maryland throws the border (the border as to military operations) beyond the confines of Virginia.
It opposes Maryland, as a breastwork and shield for Virginia, against the assaults of the foe. The value of Maryland to Virginia in military strategy, is illustrated by what is now transpiring at Baltimore and Annapolis.
But the fact of Maryland constituting such a shield and bulwark, imposes upon Virginia and the South the duty of supporting her with adequate forces.
The present attitude of Maryland calls loudly upon Virginia to proceed against Washington city.
While Maryland drives
back his reinforcements, surely Virginia should make haste to capture the foe himself.
This very moment ought to see our long-range cannon planted on the heights of Arlington, and the bayonets of our legions on the Long Bridge.
Not another week should pass over our heads without witnessing the capture of Scottand Lincoln,and leading them in triumph through the streets of Richmond.