The ½New Base½

Whatever the Yankees may pretend hereafter. It is evident that Burnside meant to make Fredericksburg the base of his operations in his advance upon Richmond. The various extracts which we published from Yankee papers yesterday proves as much. Thwarted in this design, it is more than probable that he will again ‘½change his base,½’ and, embarking on his numerous fleet in the Potomac, come down to the South side of James river. Whichever way he may approach, we feel justified in saying that he will find us ready for him, as he found neat Fredericksburg. If the Yankee papers were anything else but what they are, we should believe the indication of Fredericksburg as the base of operations a stratagem to conceal the real intentions of Burnside. Being, however, such as they are, we have no doubt they speak what they believe to be the truth with regard to their General's movements.

The exultation of the Yankee press over the ‘½bold and successful movements½ ’ of Burnside before they had even heard of his having succeeded is one of the most ludicrous exhibitions of the war. On Tuesday last, when a powerful force, with General Lee at its head, had already barred the way to Burnside, the Washington Star tells us that the fine march of the latter General ‘½had already brought him twenty miles nearer Richmond than the main portion of the Confederate army.½’--The writer supposed, of course, that Burnside had possession of Fredericksburg, and had deceived Gen. Lee completely. Inspired by this exhilarating thought, he proceeds to distribute the acts and scenes of the campaign, as though he were narrating deeds already achieved. It is impossible he thinks, that Burnside's movement could have been anticipated. It must have been at least twenty-four hours after he moved before his destination could have been guessed. It was impossible that the ‘½rebels½’ could get in motion to head him off before Tuesday night. Burnside must certainly get to Hanover Junction before he could be stopped. It all depends however, upon the energy of the construction corps! Jackson, the Star tells us has been ‘½manœuvred out of the field. ½’ ‘½It is hardly possible that his corps can participate in the great battle for the possession of Richmond.½’ ‘½If he has 70,000 men, then he has quite half the whole rebel army of the Potomac, clear up at the head of the Valley, at least twelve days fair marching from Richmond, with Burnside's army not six days march from it½’ ‘½Five days should see that great battle over, and Burnside should have Richmond in less than ten days, as the campaign now progresses.½’ It has been eight days since this paragraph was written, and Burnside has not yet even taken Fredericksburg, far less Richmond.

A writer in the New York Times complains that Burnside's intention was betrayed to the rebels.--We believe this to be wholly without foundation. It was discovered, anticipated, and thwarted by Gen. Lee, without treachery on the part of any one. It is a high compliment to the sagacity of our commander that the accuracy with which he penetrated the designs of his adversary was so complete as to lead to the belief that they had been betrayed. The Times may be assured that he can form no plan which will not be detected in the same way.

We believe that history will pronounce this movement of Gen Lee one of the most masterly in the annals of war.

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