Plan of reinforcing Sumter — letter from a Carolina gentleman.
We have seen a letter (April 6) from a distinguished gentleman of Charleston
to his friend in this city, which states that the plan of reinforcing Fort Sumter
is by a large fleet under Capt. Stringham
of the Navy, which will co- operate with the United States troops on board the transports, who are to be landed and attack the works upon Morris' Island
, thus endeavoring to relieve the beleaguered fortress by Scott
's favorite tactics of "a fire in the rear." The writer, however, is of opinion that the Northern Government
will not be able to accomplish its nefarious design.
He then refers to the influence of the vote in our Convention of 89 against secession.
which, both North and South, is regarded as having nerved Lincoln
's arm to the bloody blow that he is now aiming full at the heart of the South
stood up for her own and our rights, as we had reason to hope she would, 'honest Abe' would never have dared to act as he now proposes.
But for that mistaken vote of the 89, our dispute might have had a peaceable solution.
Oh, what might not old Virginia
have been in this glorious contest, had she only been true to her instincts and past glory!--Her friends will forgive her desertion of her natural allies, long before she will be able to forgive herself.
But I will add no more.
No power on earth can lessen the Gulf
that yawns between the Confederate
and Black Republican States."’