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Constitution of the United States and of the Confederate States, the President is Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy. In times of peace, and in the case of Presidents who have not been educated in the camp, the Executive of the United States has generally been content, in conformity with the wise suggestion of a former Chief Magistrate, to ‘"leave military matters to military men"’ President Lincoln seems to act upon this principle, and to sedulously avoid all interference with the military control of the army. We are not disposed to dispute the discretion of this proceeding in his case, but he might at least exhibit himself on the field of battle, and share the perils to which he is inviting so many better men than himself.--In European Governments the Kings generally fight side by side with the peasants in behalf of their common country, but his Majesty, Abraham, the Rail Splitter, is too magnificent a potentate to hazard his precious carcass or the battle-field with his brother sovereigns of the Republic. Even Queens have gone forth to the hottest of the fight; and it is scarcely a year since the heroic wife of young Bomba was seen, day after day, in the midst of the shot and shell that were poured into the fortress which she occupied, and inspiring the besieged by her presence and example.--Cannot Abraham the First emulate the most common of kingly virtues? Shall a young Austrian girl be permitted to present a model of courageous devotion to her people which a Republican President dare not imitate? The President of the Confederate States, in his presence at the battle of the 21st, presented a contrast to the skulking cowardice of Lincoln which is appreciated by all the world.--The man who brought on this war and is responsible for every drop of blood shed in it, was not there, and never will be, either there or anywhere where his poor life will be in peril. The man who has sought peace from the beginning, and declares that all the South desires is to be let alone, was on that famous field in person, and will be there again, whenever another battle is fought. He assumes the responsibility of all the military movements of the army, and is Commander-in-Chief in fact as well as in name.
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