Loss of great Generals.
The South has suffered severely during this war in the loss of distinguished Generals
They expose themselves in every battle, and sometimes, we think, unnecessarily.
And yet, irreparable as their loss seems at the time, the cause has continued to prosper.
When Albert Sydney Johnston
— considered by many the first military genius of America
— fell, despondent feelings oppressed many minds; but the flag he vindicated still waves in triumph.--When that great strategist and heroic spirit, Joe Johnson
, was disabled at a most critical hour, at the battle of the Seven Pines
, the loss was repaired and Richmond
And though our glorious Jackson
is gone, the cause, the men, and the leaders, still remain, who, under the blessings of Providence
, will hurl back the myrmidons of tyranny as fast as their footsteps profane our soil.