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The Daily Dispatch: March 15, 1861., [Electronic resource], The evacuation of Sumter at Charleston. (search)
er distracted with internal dissensions, bleeding at every pore from the wars of the Fronde, feeble at home, and despised abroad. He made her the greatest among the nations of Europe. Under his auspices she kept up a standing army of 100,000 men, and sent 100 ships of the line to sea. He added Franche Compete, Roussillon, and Flanders, to the Empire. His arms were victorious over the half of Western Europe. His Generals were the most renowned since the days of Julius Caesar. Turenne and Conde were considered as models, even by the great Napoleon. Literature and the arts flourished as they had never flourished before. Bossurt and Massillon thundered in the pulpit, while Corneille and Moliere convulsed the theatre, alternately, with grief and laughter. Even the very war which, but for the obstinacy of their Allies, would have brought Eugene and Marlborough to Paris terminated in securing the throne of Spain to the grandson of the great French monarch.--And of all the thrones whic