An Absurd rumor.
--The following sensible remarks, from the Lynchburg, Republican
, in connection with a most ridiculous sensation story which has been effort, also, in this city for the last two or three days, we commend to all who may have been timid enough to place any reliance in it:
There was an idle rumor afloat in our city yesterday, to the effect that President Davis
was going to issue a proclamation announcing the evacuation of Virginia
as a military necessity, growing out of the scarcity of provisions.
We hardly suppose that any sensible man has given a moment's credence to such a senseless report.
A moment's reflection will teach any one capable of being taught a single idea that if the evacuation of Virginia
was a military necessity the President
would have too much prudence to announce it in an official, bulletin to our enemies; and it is a not less self evident proposition, that to evacuate Virginia
for the want of provisions would simply be to "jump from the frying-pan into the fire." Where would our armies go for better supplies?
If the provisions are in North Carolina
they can be much better transported to the Army of the Potomac than the army can be transported to the provisions.
Besides, to abandon Virginia
on account of a lack of supplies would be to surrender all we have in Virginia
at this time, and all we can promise ourselves by the new crop of coming summer.
To give up the most valuable agricultural country in the world to the devastation of the enemy would be a very foolish way to feed our armies.
But the rumor is too silly a one to demand notice, and we have merely alluded to it because there are a great many silly people in the world who can blow a bladder into a balloon of tremendous proportions.
is not going to be evacuated for any cause, and while there may be some scarcity of supplies in our army, it is simply because the necessary transportation has not been available for some time, and because the mode of executing impressments for some time has been such as to deter farmers from sending forth their products to market.
There is a plenty in the country to feed our armies until the new crop comes in, and enough of muscle in our army to whip the hosts of fighting Joe Hooker
whenever that valiant Yankee may think proper to cross the Rappahannock