The great question of crossing the Potomac.
were yesterday in a state of the deepest despondency from some information which they received, and believed to be authentic, that the Government
were not inclined to order a forward movement of our army into their State.
At no time since the commencement of the war have the unfortunate people of that State, in Richmond
, been the victims of such deep despair as they were laboring under yesterday.
Overrun as Maryland
has been by the forces of the North
for six months, cajoled and abused, courted and oppressed in turn, neither force or blandishment has ever been able to extort from that State a single regiment for the service of Lincoln
. On the contrary, every day of her bondage has but served to increase the intensity of her loyalty to the South
; and it is now confidently predicted that the appearance of a Southern army on the left bank of the Potomac
would produce a popular uprising such as has rarely been seen in the history of popular revolutions.
When the whole State was thus on the tiptoe of hope and expectation, the depression which the news of a determination on the part of our Government not to cross the Potomac
produces, is, of course, overwhelming.
The statement is, that a portion of the Cabinet
are opposed to any demonstration upon Maryland
until the intentions of foreign powers in regard to recognition become known.
Such a postponement is equivalent to no movement upon Maryland
at all; and the news must of course produce the saddest despondency, not only among the Marylanders here, but among the thousands of Maryland
soldiers now doing service in the army.
Notwithstanding, however, the imposing form in which this report of the policy of the Government
presents itself, and the authenticity reluctantly ascribed to it by those who are so deeply interested in knowing its truth, we are very much inclined to discredit it.--There is at least the authority of one Cabinet officer
in contradiction of it; and we believe that the events of the next fortnight will totally overthrow it. We do not hesitate, however, to express the opinion that a belief in its correctness would stir the popular feeling in the South
to a depth to which it has never been moved before.
It might indeed prove so strong as to revolutionize the Government