The New York Herald upon the Somerset affair.
--This delightful sheet is jubilant in chaunting its victorious chorus over the recent defeat of Confederate arms in Kentucky
It declares the victory the most important achievement of the war, and that it is more likely than anything else to put a speedy end to rebellion.
The reasons assigned for this sage conclusion are based upon these hypotheses:
‘"First, it cuts the inland defensive line of the enemy — cuts it in two, and makes an opening through which our forces on the ground may pass into East Tennessee
and occupy those important railway and telegraphic communications between the rebel government and the rebel army in Virginia
and their confederates, supplies and reinforcements of the South
western States, Thus our army, from Somerset
, is now in a position to march forward and completely separate the rebels in Virginia
from the rebels of the Southwest
, and to liberate in East Tennessee
, and all that surrounding mountainous region, a hundred thousand loyal Union men. Secondly, hrough this opening Gen. Ruell
may move up into the rear of Richmond
, or over into South
or North Carolina
, in co-operation with our seaboard land and water forces.
Thirdly, the local advantages gained by this Somerset
victory comprehend the control of the neighboring cost mines and salt springs, the navigation of the Cumberland river
down to Nashville
, and then we should otherwise have "’