, May 24.
The movement upon Virginia.
The Government, at last, has moved in force upon Virginia
On the night of Thursday, ten thousand men crossed the Potomac
, captured Alexandria
without resistance, while a detachment pushed forward to seize the point of junction of the Manasses Gap
, with the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, to cut off all communication between Richmond
and the Northern
portion of the State
This movement, if successful, completely breaks the lines of the rebels, isolates Harper's Ferry
from the base of their operations, and involves either the dispersion or capture of the forces at that point.
We also learn that a body of Ohio
troops is moving from Wheeling
by way of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad upon the same point.
We had no intelligence yesterday from Fort Monroe
, but it is probable that the troops concentrated at that fortress under Gen. Butler
, have moved in the direction of Richmond
, so that every important point on the enemy's lines will, at the same instant, be either threatened or attacked.
We could not wish for a more favorable opening of the campaign.
We desire to see all the secession forces upon the soil of Virginia
The rebellion is brought within reach of the most effective blows we can deal.
We can move our forces into that State in one-fourth of the time, and at one-fourth of the expense at which the secessionists can place their own there.
We could not well follow them to Georgia
, or Mississippi
The inhospitable climates of those States would prove more fatal than the arms of the rebels.
But in Virginia
we have an acceptable and healthy battle-field, where we can concentrate and put forth our whole power.
There is another reason why Virginia
should be the battle-field of all the seceding States.
She has been the greatest offender.
She, more than any other State, is responsible for the great rebellion.
Her spirit is the most vindictive