The First year of war
closed gloriously for the Confederacy
, Bull Run
and Ball's Bluff, in Virginia
, and Belmont
and Lexington, in Missouri
, had scored as many victories for its arms.
These, however, were but the preluding skirmishes to the mighty shock of battle which was yet to come.
I shall not tax your patience to-night with details of battle and of siege, of advance and retreat, of alternate victory and defeat.
Or note each movement of that mighty tide of war, which carried on its flow high hopes, free aspirations, proud emotions, anticipated success, peace, and left behind at its ebb shattered human wrecks, ensanguined fields, desolated homes, stricken hearts.
Over all the star of hope looked down, the banner of the Southern
cross still flew, and