Capture of Harper's Ferry — the battle in Maryland.
From the moment that our armies testified their great superiority to the Yankees at Bethel and Manassas, we saw and said that their true policy was to assume the offensive, and never to depart from it. A contrary policy produced a series of disasters which brought the Confederacy to the verge of destruction, and had it not been abandoned at last, we are not sure that we should not, in the end, have become a subjugated and an enslaved peopd, and defeated a Hungarian army of 80,000 men. The third was that of Prince Eugene at Belgrade.
As far as we can understand the operations, from the very imperfect accounts which we have received, they were somewhat as follows: Our army in Maryland is divided into three corps, commanded by Generals Jackson, Longstreet and Hill.
Of these corps Jackson's was engaged in the siege of Harper's Ferry, and the other two covered his operations.
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