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The Daily Dispatch: November 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], Letter from George N. Saunders to Louis Kossuth. (search)
our treasury by any tariff on imports that we might impose would require a very large percentage to be added in consequence of our extensive frontier, inland and coastwise. Direct taxation can be relied on as all-sufficient for the ordinary civil expenses of the Confederate Government. I have thrown out these ideas for your consideration in the hope that something better may be suggested if any peace propositions shall be made. The Lincoln Armada have taken possession of Port Royal, South Carolina, and may occupy Brunswick, Georgia. These were poorly defended points on our extensive Southern coast, but they were not of the slightest consequence commercially. The Yankee fleet may find tolerable anchorage, but not a bale of cotton or anything else material. The fact is there are but ten thousand bales of cotton in the city of New Orleans, which will be shipped up the river at any moment that city may be endangered. The Northern press asserts and would make us believe t
e fattened the hogs, and performed all the toil of day laborers on the farm. What an illustration of female patriotism! How can the husbands, and fathers, and sons of such women ever be subjugated? In South Carolina and Georgia I found multitudes flocking to the sea coast. Some had old flint guns, which seemed to have been unused since the Revolutionary war. Others had guns without locks, and some had merely heavy canes. I was told by intelligent persons that already the taking of Port Royal has been of great service to the Southern cause. It has fully aroused the masses of Georgia and Carolina, and will in all probability double the number of volunteers from those States. It is truly refreshing to see how many factories are going up. In a week another large powder mill will open within a few miles of Raleigh. The paper mills here are arranging to do a much greater work. The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad is erecting an immense shop here, to cost several hundred thousand