the Southern States
the success or failure of the Confederate
administration may be judged by a brief presentment of cardinal points.
By the devoted courage and unsurpassed endurance of our volunteers, accepted in insufficient numbers, ill-fed, ill-clothed, and ill-armed, but led by officers of ability, brilliant victories had been achieved over the invading forces of the North
; and drawn battles, hardly less distinguished, had been fought against heavy odds.
But, although the armies of the United States
had received terrible repulses on various occasions, they certainly made considerable progress in occupying important portions and positions of the Confederacy
In 1861 were fought the battles of Bethel
, June 10th; Manassas
, July 21st; Ball's Bluff, October 21st—in Virginia
; and in Missouri
the battles of Springfield
, August 10th; Lexington
, September 21st; Belmont
, November 7th.
In 1862 the battle of Seven Pines
, May 31st; Port Republic
, June 8th; the seven days battles near Richmond
, at the end of June; Cedar Run
, July 19th; second Manassas
, July 29th, 30th, 31st—in Virginia
; followed by Boonsboroa and Sharpsburg
, on the 14th and 17th of September.
In the West
there were fought the battle of Elkhorn
, in Arkansas
, March 5th; Fort Henry
and Fort Donelson, Tennessee
, on the 5th and 16th of February; and Shiloh
, in North Mississippi
, on the 6th and 7th of April.
The Confederate States
lost the harbor of Port Royal, South Carolina
, November 7th, 1861; Norfolk
, with its Navy Yard, May, 1862; and also Pensacola
—these constituting the finest ports on the Southern
Of the cities, St. Louis
were lost in 1861; Nashville
, in February, 1862; New Orleans, in April; Galveston
, in May; Memphis
, in June.
Besides these, the Mississippi River
was lost, and also the three States of Missouri
, and Tennessee
, whose young men, generally, were with the Confederacy
in feeling, and—if they had had encouragement and timely assistance—would have recruited the Southern
armies with thousands of brave soldiers.
These states were all the more important on account of their large production of grain crops, meat, horses, and mules; and their loss was a series of severe blows to the Confederacy
The prime causes of these disasters may be noted in what has heretofore been pointed out.
It is notable that before September, 1862, public opinion concerning the management of Confederate affairs had undergone a decided change, and that grave doubts respecting the competency