--Now that Gen. R. S. Garnett
has taken charge of the Confederate forces in the Northwest
, we may expect an active and energetic campaign.
He has had large campaigning experience in the Rocky Mountains
, and is admirably suited to the position assigned him. He has under his command a fine body of brave soldiers, who are anxious to take some active steps to drive from the soil of Virginia
a mercenary foreign enemy, and bring to a proper appreciation of their position the few deluded citizens in that section who have taken up arms against the State
We have the most abiding confidence in the ability and wisdom of Gen. Garnett
, and predict for him a brilliant and successful campaign.
We are well convinced that a reaction in favor of the State
is going on in that section.
It only requires a vigorous policy to bring back the Northwest
to a loyal adherence to the destiny of Virginia
and the South
At latest accounts the Yankees
were leaving Phillippi
and returning to Grafton
, or some other point more distant from our troops than that now occupied.
We must march to Wheeling
and give the loyal citizens all through the West
the tangible assurance of the protection of the Government
of the Confederate States