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The duty of Congress.

If Congress would strike a blow whose moral weight will be as tremendous as the physical of the late battles, let it at once adopt the most prompt and vigorous measures for extending the conscription act, so as to embrace all able-bodied men in the Confederacy between the ages of eighteen and forty-five. The North will calculate upon the South reposing once more upon the laurels of its second Manassas. Let us now prove that we have learnt something from the bitter lessons of experience, and show our enemy that we are just beginning the war, so far as his participation in its calamities concerned. Let us prepare not only to meet the new legions he is raising, but to push the tide of battle at once into his own country. If the North sees that we are no longer intoxicated with the fames of victory, that it only makes us more energetic and determined for the future, it will begin to turn its thoughts to peace, and recall from the horrors which are impending over its own head.

Let Congress be prompt in reinforcing the army; let our commanders push promptly on into the enemy's country; let cavalry expeditions make raids into their territory, and seize and bring off their prominent citizens to be held as hostages for the security of those of our own people who now languish in Federal prisons. Now, now is the time for Congress and for the Army to strike a decisive blow for our salvation.

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