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The Daily Dispatch: February 3, 1864., [Electronic resource], Handsome affair near Smithfield.--capture of Yankees and Destruction of a gunboat. (search)
tated that there are five hundred thousand men on the muster rolls of the army, a force which, we are confident, is fully as large as any effective invading force the Yankees can bring into our territories. If a large portion of this force is absent it can be brought back by proper measures to its place, and thereby avoid the most imminent of our perils — the reduction of the number of producers in the country. Mr. Holcombe also referred to the fact that the most sweeping conscriptions of Napoleon never brought men over thirty into the field. We need at this time the first intellects of the country in Congress. We need the highest wisdom and moderation, combined with the greatest energy. And, in any system of measures which looks to the removal of the great evils of straggling and desertion, the officers of the army, and especially the officers of companies, can do more than can be accomplished by the most stringent legislation. Whilst discipline should be sternly enforced up
Pius IX. The correspondence between President Davis and the Chief of the Catholic Church, published some time ago in these columns, cannot fall to be followed by moral effects of great importance and value to the Confederate cause. We are aware that the secular power of the Holy See is small, but its spiritual and moral power is so great that the proudest potentates of the earth are solicitous to secure its power, as has been often enough manifested in the reign of Louis Napoleon, at the head of the first military empire in the world. The great majority of Christendom acknowledge the Pope as their ecclesiastical head, and regard him as the successor of Peter, and the Representative upon earth of the Divine head of the Church. An appeal from such a source to the Christian world in behalf of peace and justice, cannot but array in our behalf the sympathy and friendly wishes of a large portion of Christendom, and diminish to a great extent the influence of our enemies in enlisting