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eet such an army as the enemy brought into the field. Our defensive policy, pushed to an extremes that many thought perilous, became unavoidable for the want of power to pursue a different one. It is true, that our only great achievement on the water was the greatest known to the world; but it is equally true, that the wonderful agent by which it was accomplished has recently been blown up in full view of the enemy which dreaded her and which had repeatedly run from her as they would from Vesuvius while in a state of eruption. All this is true, and more than this, to produce dissatisfaction and complaint. Yet let us look on the other side of the picture. The best of Governments, in a time like that we are passing through, would be complained of, and the complaints would rise upon every reverse or discomfiture that might occur, however blameless the Government might be. Though ours cannot be fully defended, we know that the men who compose it are true to the cause; that they ar