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Forward to New Orleans.

--The New York Herald has exchanged the old war cry of ‘"On to Richmond!"’ to ‘"Forward to New Orleans, down the Mississippi!"’ It has now discovered that a victory over the rebel host on the Potomac would not end the war, but the true direction, ‘"to make short work,"’ is to take the long route, ‘ "down the Mississippi."’ As a preliminary to this, Missouri and Kentucky, it insists, must be secured from a fire in the rear. Fremont must be heavily reinforced, and then press down the Mississippi, whilst the Atlantic and Gulf seaboard must be assailed and a column landed in Mexico to cross the frontier of Texas. ‘"The most effectual way, perhaps, of defending Washington, capturing Richmond and subduing Virginia, is by the way of the Mississippi."’ Attacked, in the seaboard, the Gulf, and the Mississippi says the Herald, ‘"the rebels will retreat rapidly southward to defend their homes, and will leave Virginia to her fate."’ By the first of November, Mr. Secretary Welles will have from twenty to thirty new gunboats at his command. With the first frosts of autumn the sea-coast of the South will be relieved from its deadly summer malaria, and then a movement southward by sea, combining gunboats and land forces, in conjunction with the movement of a Union army down the Mississippi, will leave poor old Virginia an easy triumph to fifty thousand men advancing from Washington and Fortress Monroe. Meantime, if the rebels attack our lines in front of Washington and are repulsed, as they will be, they may suffer a defeat which, in itself, will virtually be the end of the war."

The Herald exhibits no doubt a correct programme of what may be anticipated hereafter, but the great object is to divert attention from Washington. It displays total ignorance of the military resources of the South when it supposes that the ‘ "rebels"’ will leave their present commanding position on the Potomac to carry out the part assigned to them in this programme. There are more than enough men in the Southern States to defend every assailable point, without reducing the army in Virginia, or interrupting the stream of reinforcements which is every day increasing its power. If the Northern legions propose to move southward, they may expect a Southern army to move northward, and give the people who are urging on this war with such ferocity a practical acquaintance with its delightful realities.

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