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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], Federal relations with foreign Powers. (search)
een handled in such a manner that their spirit has been utterly cowed. All history may be searched in vain for a rout so utterly disgraceful as that of Manassas; all history, since the battle of Cannie, fails to record a slaughter so terrible as that of Leesburg.--And yet, while Yankee pride is still smarting under the unredeemed disgrace of these successive defeats, and while their effect upon Yankee soldiers is so appalling that they dare not face their terrible enemy in the field, a Yankee Secretary recommends, and a Yankee Congress is prepared to approve, the partition of the very country in which reside those men who chased them like hanted hares, when they ventured beyond their fortifications and who now hold them close prisoners in their stronghold. We do not recollect ever to have heard or read of anything quite so ridiculous. The thundering proclamations of the Chinese Mandarins, and their threats against the French and English "Rebels," are by no means fit to be mentioned
orrect view of the subject — that he made none of them voluntarily; but, on the contrary, that each was the only alternative short of a retreat across the Rappahannock — that he could in each case have made the movement without fighting a battle — that in every case he did fight a battle, and only moved by his left when he could not move forward — are facts well known to every officer and man in both the Confederate and Yankee armies, and are, in truth, so self-evident that nobody but a Yankee Secretary, or editor, would venture to deny them. The object of a flank movement is, either to get around the enemy and threaten him on his flank and rear, or to get in his rear and cut him off from his base, or to make him abandon a strong position, so that he may be fought upon less advantageous ground. If the flanked party fall back to ground still stronger than that abandoned, then the operation cannot be said to have succeeded. If the flanking party attack first in front, and then pr