of foreign powers.
Now, the safety of Washington has become an old joke.
Our lines have been advanced from a defensive to an aggressive position, and the brief but destructive encounter at Drainsville has taught the enemy prudence in their manœdvres.
"The victories at Hatteras and Port Rayal have closed to the enemy and opened to us the sounds and chanels of the Carolina coast, tightening the blockade by securing in our power waters wonderfully adapted to smuggling.
Our forces at Ship Island have cut off the rebel communication by water from Mobile to New Orleans.
In Missouri the rebels are no longer in force, except in the extreme southern counties of the State, and their marauding bands are constantly shapped up by our movable columns.
We have an immense and well appointed army in Kentucky, and the soil of than State has been a dark and bloody ground indeed to the rebels who have invaded it. In no considersble skirmish in that State have the rebels been auccessful, and th