Maryland must be secured.
The great strategic movement for the South
in the present juncture, is the securing of Maryland
to the Confederacy
intend to risk everything else to secure Maryland
We do not believe that the preservation of the integrity of the Union
is any longer entertained by that section.
They had a lingering hope, until recently, from the assurances given them by our submissionists, that the Border States
might be retained.
But the uprising of the people throughout these States against the proclamation of Lincoln
,has disabused them of that hallucination.
They see now that even Maryland
is for secession; but it is their intention to detach that State from the South
, at all hazards, and at any cost.
embraces more sailors than all the South
The only species of Navy that the South
can provide within any reasonable time, is one of steam vessels.
The engineers for managing the motive power of these exist in abundance along the Mississippi
; but the sailors required for them can only be obtained from Maryland
The shipbuilders and machinists of Baltimore
are among the most skillful in the world, and are indispensable to complete the system of Southern economy.
The Chesapeake can only be made exclusively Southern, and brought under exclusive Southern jurisdiction, by the acquisition of Maryland
The securing of Maryland
to the South
makes the Chesapeake
as exclusively a Southern bay as Albemarle Sound
The great emporiums of Southern commerce would be located on the Chesapeake
after the separation; and the waters of this noble bay would be enlivened by as vast and diversified a commerce as now clusters around the island of Manhattan
The loss of Maryland
would introduce two jurisdictions, allen and social, into these waters, and would produce infinite jarring and confusion.
Smuggling with the one and the other of the Confederacies touching upon their borders would become a trade, with all of the social demoralization and fiscal derangements attending this illicit commerce.
The loss of Maryland
would be equally unfortunate in a military and industrial point of view.
The great Baltimore and Ohio Railroad would be transferred to the North
, with its capital, enterprise, and mechanical skill and proficiency, would go over to the enemy, our rival; and a rural population, equal in social and individual worth to any in Christendom, would be delivered over to the uncongenial North
soldier has at no time been surpassed by any other known in American history.
The "Maryland line
" brought confidence and victory wherever they appeared in the Revolution.
Lord Baltimorewas a great and good man, of thorough cavalier blood, and the original settlers of Maryland
were altogether of that stamp.
It is of the descendants of these that the larger portion of interior Maryland
is now peopled.
They are worthy of their ancestry.
This was the leaven that leavened the lump in Baltimore
the other day.--It is the spirit of the old cavaliers burning in the bosoms of their sons that now rises up to resist the cohorts of Lincoln
. The loss of such a population to the South
would be a loss surpassing calculation.
There is a motive selfish to Virginia
, which, though all unworthy of mention in these heroic times, we will venture to put down.--The securing of Maryland
throws the border (the border as to military operations) beyond the confines of Virginia
It opposes Maryland
, as a breastwork and shield for Virginia
, against the assaults of the foe. The value of Maryland
in military strategy, is illustrated by what is now transpiring at Baltimore
But the fact of Maryland
constituting such a shield and bulwark, imposes upon Virginia
and the South
the duty of supporting her with adequate forces.
The present attitude of Maryland
calls loudly upon Virginia
to proceed against Washington city
back his reinforcements, surely Virginia
should make haste to capture the foe himself.
This very moment ought to see our long-range cannon planted on the heights of Arlington
, and the bayonets of our legions on the Long Bridge
Not another week should pass over our heads without witnessing the capture of Scott
,and leading them in triumph through the streets of Richmond