The Virginia navy Company.
--This enterprise deserves the willing and liberal support of the Southern
people, and most especially of the Virginia
The exploits of our little Confederate navy upon the seas have proven that it is upon that theatre we are capable of doing the greatest injury to the enemy.
The destruction of his rich argosies pains that part of the Northern
public which controls the financial and to a great extent the political affairs of Yankeedom more than defeats in the field; more than the slaughter of thousands of such men as compose the Northern
It is indeed the only effective way of bringing home to the wealthy and pampered denizens of the Northern Sodom
— the merchants, contractors, and speculators — the evils of the war. The war in its operations of invading the South
ministers to their prosperity, while it does not molest their peace and safety in the slightest degree.
The destruction of their commerce upon the seas distresses them most deeply.
It fills them with apprehensions, and sadly disturbs their slumbers in their business chambers.
Oh, that we could cover the seas with ships commanded by Maffits and Semmeses and Maurys, to keep up this kind of punishment with incessant activity.
It would infuse amongst the heartless capitalists of the North
a lively sense of the horrors of war, and set them earnestly to calculating the cost — to as certain whether or not it will pay.
This war is fought partly for fanaticism, but chiefly
for profit and plunder, to retain the grand profits growing out of Southern commerce, and to enjoy the plunder gathered by the invasion from Southern dwellings and Southern estates.
The only way to reach these sordid motives is by visiting upon the sordid wretches who entertain them the greatest of calamities that can befall them: the loss of property.
The sea is the place to punish them in this way. They have a great commerce, and we none to speak of — they everything to lose, we little.
The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. Let us send more.
Let us unite heart and purse in sending out all that we possibly can. The scheme of the Virginia
navy will add something to the gallant little fleet that is doing so much for the cause of the South
The directors of the company are well known in this community to be amongst our most reliable and sagacious merchants and business men. We name Messrs. McCance
, of this city, and Jno. R. McDaniel
, of Lynchburg
Large subscriptions have been made to the enterprise.
It promises a two-fold reward: private and national.
The pecuniary profit alone would be tempting of itself; but the advantages to the cause are enough to command the liberal contributions of every man of means who desires to help to secure our independence and forever dissolve the tie which has held us to association with a people we detest, and who have proven themselves to be devoid alike of humanity and justice.