ommunications are soon restored — Destruction of property and robbery of stores do not involve impoverishment.
Moreover, they have no natural effect upon the main movements of the armies.
They are at most an interruption.
We do not know of an instance in which they have compelled an enemy to retreat or to yield a strong position.
Our own raids have been more or less failures.
At the time of their occurrence we had glowing accounts of the raids of Stoneman, Sheridan, Averill, Wilson, and Kautz, and of the dash and brilliancy of their opponents.
But beyond the loss of hundreds of gallant men, and some of our finest officers, and horses without number, to what did they practically amount?
How will the columns of profit and loss when added up balance?
We can have no better illustration of the practical result of these expeditions than that afforded by the recent visit to our doors.
On the one hand, we have lost property, but we are very far from being ruined.
On the other, the m