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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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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