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[475] roster of our army may lead to perfecting it. Let me ask, Did Robertson's cavalry brigade contain the 17thVirginia battalion? In Robertson's report only the 2d, 6th, 7th and 12th Virginia regiments are enumerated. Does not this 17th creep in from an allusion in Stuart's report where 17th may be a misprint for 7th?

Cannot Colonel Cutshaw or some of the artillery officers at hand (Colonel Carter for instance) give the assignment of the large number of batteries which Colonel Scott classes as miscellaneous? Some of them are, perhaps, only different names for batteries already enumerated. The artillery reports are, I know from experience, sometimes exasperating in their want of precision as regards names and commands, and it is therefore not surprising that Colonel Scott despaired of placing these batteries.

Truly yours,


I think there was no such organization as 8th Virginia battalion in Armistead's brigade. Who and What Conquered the South?

We give, without comment, the answer to this question contained in an article by Mr. Richard Grant White, high authority with the cultured classes of the North, in the September number of the North American Review:

‘The South had fought to maintain an inequality of personal rights and an aristocratic form of society. The North had fought, not in a crusade for equality and against aristocracy, but for money; for the riches it had acquired, and that the newly-developed means of acquiring riches might not be destroyed; for nothing else. After the first flush of enthusiasm caused by the bombardment of Fort Sumter— “firing on the flag” —had subsided, before which no insult, no defiance, and notably—very notably—no enthusiasm for liberty and equality had been able to awaken enough fighting spirit in the North to lead the administrators of the Federal Government to take any important steps for its preservation—after this excitement had subsided, and yet the war must needs be prosecuted or the Government destroyed, the contest became one of money for the sake of money. The war was virtually carried on by the moneyed men, the business men of the North. They furnished its “sinews,” and this they did for their own interest. Many of them grew rich by the war; most of them saw that in its successful prosecution lay their ’

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