the forces here credited with these ‘brilliant achievements’ in 1861-65 are now thoroughly united, and would stand shoulder to shoulder against a foreign foe. Our population has increased threefold, while our military resources, our capacity to equip and to convey food to armies, to manufacture arms, and to build ships, even in the interior if need be, has increased tenfold.
Our rivers still traverse the land, but the art of mining waters, practised with some success by the Confederates
, has developed until no foe would think of exploiting these rivers with vessels in advance of troops.
Aye, but the spirit of our people, say the alarmists— we have lost patriotism, become commercialized, money-mad, and have now no militant instinct.
To an old Confederate this prattle about our people being ‘commercialized’ is especially amusing.
It carries him back to 1860-61.
in the hot sectional animosities that brought on the War
he had imbibed that same idea about the North
—the ‘Yankee’ now worshiped ‘the Almighty Dollar
,’ and in his all-absorbing struggle for it had lost the spirit that animated his forefathers at Lexington
, Bunker Hill
, and Saratoga
When the news of Manassas
came, many an ambitious Confederate who was so unfortunate as not to have been there, felt like going into mourning.
He was never to have a chance to ‘flesh his maiden sword.’
but the young Confederate was miscalculating.
The exasperated North
roused itself, after Manassas
, like an angry lion pricked by the spear of the hunter, and soon we were to hear its roar.
in reference to inexperienced volunteers, it must be said, as every veteran of the Civil War
knows, that it was not always the oldest regiments that were the bravest.
In the gallant, though finally unsuccessful, assault that was made by the Federals
at Salem Church, May 3, 1863, just where the Confederate
line was broken for a time, the official reports show that the one hundred and twenty-first New York was in the