The Confederacy on the waters.
There is no music so sweet to Southern cars at the rear of Confederate guns on the waters.
There is no constellation so bright to Southern eyes as the Battle Cross
of the South
flying at the masthead of such a Sea King as . There is no arena more full of hope, promise and vengeance to the Southern
cause than the broad highway of the Ocean, and no ally in Europe
who can do half as much for us an old Neptune
, who is constantly throwing into our hands rich argosies, and speeding us with propitious inspirations ever his vast race track, to vex, and torment, and overwhelm the flying coursers of Northern commerce.
We have always believed that the straight road in New York, Philadelphia
, and Boston
, was not over the valleys and mountains of the land, but straight out upon the blue waves of the great deep.
Give us the ships and the seamen, and we can cut the pipes that supply all the Yankee
cities with their wealth, without any of the difficulties of transportation and the vast force requisite to keep open lines of communication which are essential to an invasion by land.
A ship-of-war or a privateer furnishes her own transportation, keeps opener own lines of communication, and can advance or retreat as is most expedient.
If she sees fit to fall back the wilderness of waves furnishes her a thousand recesses of concealment; if she desires to swoop down upon unprotected merchantmen they lie scattered on every sea, and as helpless as chickens when the hawk hovers over their heads.
No people ever had so keen an appreciation of the value of privateers as the Yankees
in our former wars with Great Britain
, and they let them loose every day of the week and on every wave of the sea. The Confederacy should now commend that potent chalice to their own lips.
The decision of the English Judges
in the Alexandria
case gives us full command of British ship yards, and we shall be idiots and dolls if we do not avail ourselves to the full of this golden opportunity.
The immense gains of these enterprises will bring seamen in abundance to our flag, if we only have the wisdom and energy to devotes our whole resources and power to the one grand object of the destruction of Northern commerce on the seas.
At the beginning of this war the South
had no navy and no privateers, whilst the North
was almost as strong upon the waters as Great Britain
when the last war between England
and the United States
Never was England
more arrogant in her claims of exclusive dominion to the deep than was the North
, so far as Southern pretensions were concerned, two years ago. But she is now beginning to find that it is not on the land alone that Southern prowess and enterprise are to be dreaded.
We have the flower of the old navy under the Southern
flag — in Maury
, the most scientific; in Semmes
, and others, the most chivalric and energetic of naval commanders.
Other names will arise, as opportunities are afforded, which will emblazon with new glory the ocean flag of the South
alone we have produced a naval prodigy not surpassed since the days of Paul Jones
If a Government and people will but lend their whole energies and resources to the organization of a navy and privateers, we shall drive Yankee commerce from the ocean and inflict more injury upon the great cities of the North
than ten years campaigning by land.
We may lose ships, but every ship, property manned and managed, will have more than balanced her destruction before she can fall into an enemy's hand.
A cloud of privateers let loose upon a nation whose chief wealth is derived from its commerce, are worse than a swards of mosquitoes upon a fat man in the swamps of Louisiana
He may work himself into a fury, and crush between his sweating palms half a dozen or more of the vexatious assailants, but he will be blinded and bled to death in the end by the host of nimble and ravenous persecutors.
There are no such terrors for the North
in all the armies the South
can raise as in the ships of war and privateers that are beginning to hover about her commerce.
We might slaughter whole hecatombs of Yankee rank and file, but, being mostly poor men and foreigners, their loss does not amount to a flea bite on the sensibilities of the nation.
Touch the Almighty Dollar
however, and the iron enters their soul.
Perforate their pockets and you breach their hearts.
And their pockets are their merchantmen afloat on every sea; there is the seat of their vitality, their sensibility, their soul, and when that is smitten, a universal pang cramps and collapses the whole Yankee nation.
If, then, we must maintain the defensive line on land, let us at once, and with indomitable will and energy, assume the aggressive on the water.
Let us attack New York, Boston
, on the Atlantic
, the Pacific
, the Indian ocean
, and wherever a Yankee ship traverses the deep.
Let private enterprise back up the Government
in this, the most direct, the most practical and the most pungent method of making the North
feel this war.