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 absolute sovereignty of the government of the United States, by the subjugation of states and their people, brought forth its natural fruit. Well might the victim of the guillotine exclaim, ‘O Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!’ As to the other question—Where could a government of limited powers find authority to perpetrate such injuries upon its own constituents? —an answer will be given in succeeding pages. Up to the close of the year the war enlarged its proportions so as to include new fields, until it then extended from the shores of the Chesapeake to the confines of Missouri and Arizona. Sudden calls from the remotest points for military aid were met with promptness enough not only to avert disaster in the face of superior numbers, but also to roll back the tide of invasion on the border. At the commencement of the war the enemy was possessed of certain strategic points and strong places within the Confederate States. They greatly exceeded us in numbers, in available resources, and in the supplies necessary for war. Military establishments had been long organized, and were complete; the navy and the army, once common to both, were in their possession. To meet all this we had to create not only an army in the face of war itself, but also military establishments necessary to equip and place it in the field. The spirit of the volunteers and the patriotism of the people enabled us, under Providence, to grapple successfully with these difficulties. A succession of glorious victories at Bethel, Manassas, Springfield, Lexington, Leesburg, and Belmont, checked the invasion of our soil. After seven months of war the enemy had not only failed to extend their occupancy of the soil, but new states and territories had been added to our confederacy. Instead of their threatened march of unchecked conquest, the enemy was driven at more than one point to assume the defensive; and, upon a fair comparison between the two belligerents, as to men, military means, and financial condition, the Confederate States were relatively much stronger at the end of the year than when the struggle commenced. The necessities of the times called into existence new branches of manufactures, and gave a fresh impulse to the activity of those previously in operation, and we were gradually becoming independent of the rest of the world for the supply of such military stores and munitions as were indispensable for war. At an election on November 6, 1861, the chief executive officers of the provisional government were unanimously chosen to similar positions in the permanent government, to be inaugurated on the ensuing February 22, 1862.
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