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have taken so much trouble to erect, when it would be the easiest thing in the world to waive this advantage in favor of the chivalrous adversary, who, it seems, is eager for the fray, but has no stomach for a fight in which the storming of redoubts is to be a part.
Why should there be any false delicacy on this score?
What adds to its strangeness is the recollection that our Southern contemporaries, soon after the battle of Bull Run, left it to be understood that the only reason why Gen. Beauregard did not instantly proceed to the capture of Washington was the inadequacy of his means of transportation and the paucity of his force — deficiencies which, it was said, would soon be supplied, and then "Forward to Washington" would be the watchword.
Nothing was said at that time about any obstructions, such as forts, breastworks, or redoubts, with all and singular their appurtenances, in the shape of parapets, scarp walls, ditches, counter-scarps, covered ways, and glacis.
Nor was it