Who was Victorious at Bull run!
This is a question which, one week ago, we thought we could have answered very satisfactorily; but we confess that considerable doubts have begun to thrust themselves upon us. The Yankee journals at first acknowledged a defeat; but they are softening it down to such a degree that we almost spy a triumph in their future discoveries.
for instance, in reply to our neighbor of the Enquirer,
who had unfortunately said that this fight had determined the relative manhood of the two races, says that it certainly has, and that the verdict is in favor of the Yankee
He said, when the first news of the battle arrived, that the Yankee
loss was 20,000.
Now, however, he says that the "Grand Army" consisted of but 18,000 troops, and that they put 50,000 Confederates to flight!
"Master," says the clown in the circus, "did you know I was a soldier once? " "No, sir; I did not." "Well, I was, and I fit in the battle of Waterloo
. " "You did!" "To be sure I did; and what's more, I made ten Frenchmen run! " "Ah ! and how did you contrive to do that?" "Why, I ran myself, and every one of 'em took off after me."
The Yankee method of making the Confederates
run, seems to have been strictly copied from the clown's prescription for putting Frenchmen to flight.
And if it be an object to make Confederates run, no matter in what direction, there can be no doubt that there was wisdom in following the suggestion.
Certain it is that the object cannot be accomplished in any other way, where there are not more than five Yankees to one Confederate.