The lesson of the aid,
We are not at all surprised that the Yankees
boast so hugely of the Stoneman raid.
It is true that it did very little damage.
The injuries to the railroads were very slight, and soon repaired.
But all this matters not to them.--Their journals will fabricate any amount of damage that the Northern
appetite can demand and the gullibility of the world can swallow.
We are not disposed, however, to underrate the importance of the lesson which this raid teaches, and the disasters which may ensue if it is not taken to heart.
The damage the Yankee
raid actually accomplished was nothing; what it might
have done, (with such a cavalry leader as Stuart
We are not so sure that the Yankees
made an empty boast when they say they could have dashed suddenly through Richmond
, and, perhaps, made our President
In the darkness and confusion they might have fired the public buildings, storehouses, and bridges, and inflicted a loss which might have proved fatal to our noble army.
All this they might
have done, and all this they will
yet do, if the authorities, whose duty it is to protect the city and the railroads leading to it, do not learn a lesson from the Yankee
When we hear in mind the strong force and sleepless energy with which Washington
is guarded, it seems wonderful that our own capital should be left in a condition so exposed that two hundred.
Yankees can ride within two miles of the town and absolutely go to sleep, keeping time with their snores to the ringing of the city bells.
Shall we ever relapse again into such a condition and invite our destruction?