The necessity of taking the Aggressive.
--The New York Herald
has repeatedly boasted that with the first approach of frost, large naval expeditions would be sent to attack the Southern
coast, and land armed bodies of men at such points as would afford bases of operations for invading columns, and probably enable the invaders to appropriate the cotton, more or less of which is always found in the Southern
The calculation is that these attacks upon the South
will cause a withdrawal of troops from Virginia
for Southern defence, and thus make the. On to Richmond
an achievement of comparative case to heavy invading columns from Washington
, Fortress Monroe
, and perhaps other points.
Forewarned, we ought to be forearmed We must look the future squarely in the face if we would be fairly prepared for all contingencies The season is at hand, not six weeks distant, when the North
, accustomed to a climate so rigorous that a Southern winter will afford them their best campaigning weather by land or sea, will make its greatest and we believe, if defeated, its final effort for the subjugation of the Confederate States
It is worse than idle to deny that its plan of operations is one which demands the utmost vigilance and energy in defence.
It has at its commend the whole United States Navy, which it has in creased by the addition of the entire unemployed merchant marines.
It has almost all the seamen of the old Union, and its merchant captains and other officers having always conducted the coasting trade of the South
, are perfectly familiar with every accessible point on the Southern
There are at least a hundred points on the seaboard at which they can land and it may be assumed as demonstrated; that if a landing can be effected at Hatteras
, known among mariners as the Cape of Storms
, it can be accomplished at almost any other portion of our extended seacoast.
We must open of our eyes to the danger if we would prevent it and adopt.
without delay, the essential means of security and defence.
With such a vast frontier, it is impossible that every point should be protected.
There are soldiers enough in the South and Southwestern States to defend their respective sections without calling off a man from Virginia
These will no doubt be enrolled and disciplined and all the vulnerable points that can be fortified put at once in a condition to resist an attack.
But the great means of defence is to carry the war into the enemy's country, and give him so much occupation at home that he will be unable to send any considerable force to invade the South
In fine, an immediate march into the enemy's country has become essential to the defence of the South
from the formidable plan which has been adopted by the North
for the winter's campaign