correspondence of the New York journals inform the world that, in ten days, Gen.McClellan
will be at the head of a hundred and fifty thousand wall-equipped man, and will resume offensive operations by the 1st of September.
All this may be true, but it is not probable that letter-writers are admitted to the military secrets, or, if they are, the Generals
are unfit for their position.
may begin his operations in a few days, a few weeks, or a few months; he may choose Western Virginia
, the lower Potomac, or some other zig-zag mode of corkscrewing into the country, or resume the direct line for Manassas
' but whatever his purposes, the letter-writers know nothing of them, and only speak at random.
Whatever they may be, he has to encounter the vigilant eyes of such Generals
, the unfaltering courage of such men as met and overcame the greatest odds at Bethel
, Bull's Run
, and Manassas
, and, above all, that Divine Providence whose interposition from the first in behalf of the Southern
cause has been manifest and undeniable, and without whose aid no human skill and energies can prosper.
We have no disposition to underrate Gen
's abilities, but he will find more than his equal in Johnston
; and the hundred and fifty thousand men, even if not all men in buckram, will probably find the Southern
army increased in sufficient proportion to repeat the scenes and results of the 21st, even if the invaders are lucky enough to find us acting on the defensive.