Upon all sides there seems to be a lull of the battle storm which lately swept so fiercely by upon every breeze.
What does this betoken?
What fresh preparations upon either side are being made for a more desperate struggle?
We are in no mood to find fault with our rulers, for we believe them to be wise and fully adequate for all the emergencies of the times — Their counsel is well kept, and no development has yet been made of their future action.
This is all well; for, without it, their best schemes might be counteracted.
There is, doubtless, a great deal of impatience among our people and even in the army, at the apparent inaction since the battle of Manassas
.--The cry is, ‘"On to Washington
."’ But why?
Let us look calmly at matters and survey the whole field.
Undoubtedly, if the golden opportunity could have been seized upon the afternoon of the rout, and fresh troops had been at hand to the number of twenty thousand, we should have entered Washington
pell mell with the terror-stricken fugitives, despite of the fresh troops which they had in their fortifications.
But our troops were extended in line of battle for miles upon Ball Run
, guarding the various fords to prevent the enemy from crossing during the battle, and it was too late to order them to the pursuit when the victory was won. Gen. Holmes
' force could not go, for they had made a forced march from Aquia Creek
The golden opportunity for taking the ‘"sink of iniquity"’ was thus lost.
We do not know whether it is the intention now even to attack that city.
It is strongly fortified upon this side of the Potomac
, where immense entrenchments have been thrown up, and named Fort Corcoran, after the Irish Colonel
of the 69th New York Volunteers, now a prisoner in our hands.
To storm these entrenchments would involve a serious loss of life upon our part; and then, what should we gain after taking them?
They are too far distant from the city to do us much good in the way of shelling out Abraham and his gang, and the Potomac
would have to be crossed before anything could be done.
It is well enough for us to look these things in the face calmly, and study out the relative cost and gain of any future movement.
The Long Bridge
would be burnt, and thus the transit of the river cut off except by boats, or a flank movement to cross much higher up. It would be folly to attempt the crossing in boats, when the Navy of the United States
has full sway upon those waters.
The prestige of our success must not be marred by a single abortive step, and therefore a direct attack upon Washington
from this side must fail in its object.
To move higher up and cross at Leesburg
or Edward's Ferry, would promise better; but our force must necessarily be a large one, in order to throw out corps d'armees
to hold in check General Banks
, and prevent him and other armies from the North
attacking the rear of our main body.
Sufficient force should be left also at Manassas
to defend that position from a sudden attack from Washington
, as our army would move slowly and could not make an attack upon Washington
sooner than a week after it had started.--Look, then, what immense preparations such an undertaking must devolve upon our authorities!--20,000 men must be left at Fairfax
, and 80,000 would be required for the march, of which 20,000 could act as a rear guard in Maryland
, to hold off the Yankee
reinforcements, while 60,000 investigated once more the bravery of the gallant Bull Runners.
To the unthinking mind, nothing would seem more simple than the forward movement of our army.
But it has to be fed, and baggage trains have to be provided, and a thousand other things, involving almost incalculable labor.
To feed this army a week would require nearly three hundred four-horse wagon loads of bacon and the same number of flour.
This one idem alone will show what herculean preparations must be made to move such a mass; and it must be remembered, too, that we are also embarrassed by the cutting off of many of our sources of supply, the fatal mistake of our people relying upon the North
for the commonest articles of ordinary use coming home upon us now at the most inopportune time.
It would be a most delightful coup
to catch Abraham Lincoln
, Granny Scott
, and the whole brood of vipers at one jump; and doubtless many of our soldiers would commit the innocent mistake of putting bullets through the cranium of Sumner
, et ideomne genus of non-combatants,
who go upon wine frolics to Bull Run
It would be a crushing blow upon the North
estimation, where the taking of a Nation's Capital is regarded as the most humiliating defeat and abject subjection.
But we know that the mere taking of Washington
, unless we could catch the vile leaders in one net, would not end the war. They would remove to some other location, and there concoct anew their damnable schemes.
An immense army has been congregated in Washington
, and there would doubtless be a most desperate resistance upon their part.
We have very little doubt that we should whip them; but why risk anything at all?
The same crushing blow could be struck without so much hazard and without causing us to mourn the loss of so many gallant spirits as the dearly-bought victory at Manassas
Determined to wage this war with proper vigor, the Secretary of War
has urged the raising of 500,000 men at once.
Responding to the call, our people will eagerly rush to arms at once, and by the 15th of September, at latest, an army of 12500 men could concentrate upon the Maryland
border, leaving 50,000 men to guard the approach to Richmond
, and appropriate forces to defend Aquia Creek
, and all other needed points.
Our column could then take up its march, not for Washington,
but for Philadelphia
Let us strike at the fountain head, the vast receptacles of Northern stores, and the workshops from which they fit out their armies.
It would be far easier for us to take Philadelphia
than to capture Washington
Even if we should give them notice of our intention to pursue this course they would not believe us, and our army would be far on its road through Pennsylvania
before the wise noodles in Washington
would wake to the reality of our movement.
They think that they are safe so long as Washington
remains in their power.
Even the giant intellect of a McClellan
will not save them.
The combined genius of their acknowledged best Generals
, could not withstand the blighting touch of Southern prowess.--Let us not talk of taking their fortified places any longer.
, like Fortress Monroe
, Fort Pickens
, Fort McHenry
and other places, for after- consideration.
Let the war be carried into Africa
, let the enemy be made to feel the blasting, desolating effects of our conquering arms.
What a shaking and quaking would there be in the high places around the Court,
when we thus would step in between their dainty lordships and their gracious followers of the North
Menaced from all sides, for Maryland
would at once rise, there could be no escape except by sea; and it does seem to us that batteries sufficient to command the Potomac
might ere that be located somewhere.
We go in for a scheme which will crush out this vile brood, root and branch.
in our hands, we should have something with which to help pay the expenses of the war; and it behooves us to procure some of the needful, as Abraham and his sagacious friends have determined to make us pay their war debt of 600 millions!! If we take Washington
we gain a moral victory, not a substantial one; and we have still the onward movement to make.
There we shall find nothing but cumbrous masses of stone, which can be of no service to us; in Philadelphia
we shall find vast stores of everything, and the material and workshops with which to supply our armies in the future.
Then our revenge would not be sweet enough unless we could tread with martial step through the broad streets of New York, quarter in the palatial mansions of the merchant princes, who have rioted in dreams
upon the possessions of the to be
New York must be humiliated beyond all other cities, for she has grown fat and insolent upon the wealth which the South
has poured into her lap. Apropos of this is the quotation from XVIII.
For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities
"6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double, according to her works.
In the cup which she hath filled, felt to her double.
"7 How much she hath glorified herself and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her:
for she saith in her heart.
I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow."
Oh, how in our heart of hearts do we wish that the prophecy may be fulfilled of that proud and ungrateful city.
And the merchants
of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandize any more.
With either or both of these cities in our possession we could dictate terms of peace, and regain all of the fortresses and Southern territory held by our enemies.
Our resources would be augmented, whilst those of the enemy would be diminished in a corresponding degree.
We should suck the life-blood from our foes and not from our friends.
Our communication could easily be kept up through Maryland
There must be no relaxation upon our part.
Stunned as the enemy has been at the vigor of our blows, he must yet be further amazed at the fulness of our power.
With due sincerity we say, that insanity and blindness characterize the conduct of the North
They will not see, that they are waging this war directly in opposition to the wishes of the civilized world, but even directly in the face of great Jehovah himself.
Our independence has been virtually accomplished, and our recognition by the by the Princes of the Earth is but a mere question of time.
God's finger has been shown in our behalf most unerringly, but the destruction of these wild fanatics has been fore-ordained, and their destiny must be worked out. How applicable indeed are the words of the prophet Joel
"A great people and a strong!
there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it — even to the years of many generations.
A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth; the land is as the Garden of Eden before them and behind them a desolate wilderness.
* * * The Earth shall quake before them!
the Heavens shall tremble; the sun and moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining * * * Therefore, also now, saith the Lord
, Turn ye even to me, with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping, and with mourning. * * * Blow the trumpet in Zion
sanctify a fast call a solemn assembly
* * Then will the Lord
be jealous for his land, and pity his people.--vea, the Lord
will answer and say unto his people * * * But I will remove far off from you the Northern Army
and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face towards the East
sha, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up and his ill savour shall come up Because he Hath Done great Things "
To the followers of that atrocious wretch, Anson Burlingame
, who uttered the sacrilegious sentiment that ‘"the Times
demand and we must have an Anti Slavery Constitution, an Anti-Slavery Bible, and an Anti-Slavery God,"’ the words of import herein contained can be of but little value.
To our God-fearing and God-loving people they can be of interest, and full credence will be given them.