fresh predictions of a repeatedly postponed, but still confidently expected, “end of the world.”
once remarked that the British
people, having considered and condemned all the arguments for retaining the Corn-Laws
that could be expressed in language, were still waiting to see whether there might not be some reasons therefor quite un
So the people of Europe
, having endured the burdens and fetters of Aristocracy and Privilege throughout three generations, on the strength of assurances that all democracies were necessarily violent, unstable, regardless of the rights of Property, inimical to Social Order, and incompatible with tranquillity and thrift, had begun very generally to direct the attention of their self-appointed guides and rulers to the actual condition of the Model Republic
, and to ask them how they reconciled their theories with that
. The question was an ugly one, to which not even a plausible answer could be given, until Jefferson Davis
Hope and gratitude on the one hand, apprehension and dread on the other, made the hereditary masters and chief priests of the Old World the natural, instinctive allies of the Slaveholders' Rebellion.
Hence, of all the British
military or naval officers, the high-born functionaries, who visited our country during the struggle, few even affected neutrality or reserve, while the great majority were the open, ardent partisans of the Rebel
The vastness of the territory occupied by the belligerents, the rugged topography of much of the country over which the contest was fought, the general badness of American roads, with the extraordinary facilities newly afforded to military operations by the Railroad and the Electric Telegraph
, secured enormous advantages to the party standing generally on the defensive.
The Confederate President
, sitting in his cabinet at Montgomery
, could thence dispatch a message to his lieutenant in Florida
or on the Rio Grande
, and receive a response the next day — perhaps the next hour — while our President
could not hear of operations at Pensacola
or New Orleans for a week or more, and so could not give seasonably the orders required to repair a disaster or improve a victory.
The recovery of New Orleans was first learned in Washington
journals; and so of many other signal Union triumphs.
A corps could be sent from Virginia
, by the Confederates
, in half the time that was required to countervail the movement on our side.
If they chose to menace Newbern, N. C.
, or our forces on the Sea
Islands of South Carolina
, they could do so with troops drawn from Richmond
before we could learn that any had started.
True, as the war wore on, and their railroads wore out — more especially after their territory was cut in two by the opening of the Mississippi
— this advantage was materially lessened; but the ruggedness of the country remained; while the badness of American, especially of Southern, roads, afforded undiminished, and, to a European, inconceivably, great advantages to the party acting on the defensive.
The Confederates had a superiority from the first in this, that their leaders and officers were