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
, it insists, must be secured from a fire in the rear.
must be heavily reinforced, and then press down the Mississippi
, whilst the Atlantic
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."
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.