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Stanton. From a photograph.
Mr. Seward, having courageously ended the Trent affair to the satisfaction of the public, now recovered from its first attack of folly, the only obstacle to be feared — the danger of a maritime war — was finally removed.
Burnside embarked at New York, during the early days of 1862, with the little army that should seize Roanoke and march on the interior of North Carolina [see Vol.
I., p. 632]. The troops destined for the attack on New Orleans were sent to Ship Island in detail.
But an unusually severe winter followed.
While the naval expeditions intended to land troops on the coasts of the Southern States might still have been fitted out, though the severe gales of the season would have subjected them to serious danger, deep snows and intense cold made movements on the part of the Army of the Potomac next to impossible.
Even had it been desirable to expose raw troops to the rigors of a winter campaign, it would have been impracticable to provision