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The Daily Dispatch: may 20, 1862., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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The War in America — Comments of the British press.[from the London times, April 21. But in reality, the whole of those successes along the coast of North Carolina and Florida are, it is declared, an advantage to the South and an evil to their opponents. Let any one look at the map, and he will see that both districts [Pea Ridge and Beaufort, N. C.,] are widely remote from the scene of active operations. The campaign will not be decided by little towns on the coast, but by great armies in the field, and on some point of ground the presence of 10,000 men, or their absence, may decide the fate of a battle and a campaign. Now, the result of these operations on the coast is to throw 15,000 Southern troops which were idle into the active service of the field, and to withdraw 15,000 Northern troops from the field to while away their time in sea bathing. The effect is to strengthen the comparative force of the South on the really vital point by 30,000 men. Nor is this all. What is