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A General advance of all the Yankees Threatened.

The decapitation of Rosecrans augurs well for the Confederate cause. He was the best General they had, although he might have been that and still no Cæsar. It proves, plainly enough, that, in spite of his mendacious proclamation, he was very badly beaten at Chickamauga, and that his employers know it. But the best part of the operation, so far as we are concerned, is that it implies an immediate advance upon the lines of General Bragg, which we most ardently hope for. We are afraid, notwithstanding the bravado of the Yankee papers, that their hearts will fail them when the hour arrives, although the late victory of Col. Stevenson, and the near prospect of famine consequent upon it, are very well calculated to hasten their movements. The renegade Thomas, and not Grant, it seems, is to conduct operations at Chattanooga. The noble old county of Southampton, for its sins, was doomed to be the birthplace of this miscreant. The Yankees are so deficient in good material for officers that they readily pick up our renegades to fashion them out of. We have no fears from Thomas. Arnold never did anything after he had sold himself to the British, nor is there any cause to believe that Thomas will be more successful. We hold him to be much worse than Arnold. Arnold was a Yankee, to whom it was perfectly natural to sell himself and his country for gold. Dr. Johnson, we believe it was, who said the Devil was the first rebel. He might have added that Judas Iscariot was the first Yankee. But there is something horribly unnatural in a Virginia-born man turning against his country for gold.

At the same time that Thomas advances against Bragg, we are told by the Yankee papers, there is to be a general advance everywhere. Grant or somebody else is to advance against Johnston, and Meade is to advance against Lee. Never, according to their veracious organs, was the prospect of crushing the rebellion so bright. We are to be pressed up into a small space, and annihilated before the mud comes on — that is before the first of December. We should probably feel some degree of alarm at these terrible threats had we not heard them two months ago, just before Rosecrans advanced upon Atlanta and stopped at Chattanooga, and Meade advanced upon Richmond to fall back on Washington. Indeed, we do not think the trumpets are sounded quite so fiercely now as they were on that occasion, and seeing that such is the fact, we take heart of grace, and comfort ourselves with the musty old proverb that "threatened men live long."--It would not surprise us at all to hear that we had given the Yankees a thrashing all around before the first of December. Before the advance of Rosecrans we were assured by the Yankee newspapers that the rebellion would be crushed by that time. Yet the prospect seems as distant as ever.

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