A Strange character.--Prophecy about the war.
--The serial infantry seen in Greenbrier
not having marched North as per contract, and having on the contrary made somewhat violent demonstrations southward, one may reasonably lay that treacherous phenomenon upon the shelf as entirely unreliable and entitled to hardly as much credit as that "gentleman" who occupies his time in arriving in Richmond
with the only authentic account of what is not going on in the Confederate armies or anywhere else.
Of course this vacancy in the superhuman department must be filled, and we think we have the article.
Merely premising that the following is entirely true, we very handsomely give our readers the right to believe what they please of the prophecies of this new seer:
"In the Valley of Virginia
, in a town which has felt sorely the tread of invasion, we knew an old gentleman who was greatly given to dreaming, and saw many wonderful things in his visions, or "visions," as he was pleased to term them.
The most remarkable fact with reference to these visions, as compared by those who took the pains to listen to their narration with the development of events subsequent, was their fulfillment nearly to the letter.
When our army lay at Harper's Ferry
, in the beginning of the war, the people of the Valley
generally believed that a fight in that section was inevitable, and after the evacuation of that point, and the army retired to Bunker Hill
, a collision between Gen. Johnston
's forces and the enemy under Patterson
was hourly looked for. Our friend insisted that no fight would take place there, but with the farseeing ken of the real prophet foretold that the field of Manassas
was to be the theatre of the first great collision, and that the armies of Johnston
would there be consolidated to resist the march of invasion.
He pictured the Valley
overrun and laid waste, and the bloody scenes of the Chickahominy
passed in panoramic view before him twelve months before they were enacted.
"After the battle of Sharpsburg
, and whilst our army was still in the lower Valley, the writer met with this remarkable dreamer, and to while away an hour, almost in the presence of the enemy, devoted a brief time in listening to the prophet's recital of what was in store for the future.
With much more than prophetic minuteness he detailed the transactions which afterwards occurred on the Rappahannock
, the successful repulse and slaughter of the enemy at Fredericksburg
, the appointment of a new commander for the Federal
forces, the long interval of quiet until the spring campaign should open; and then a second fight on the Rappahannock
was to occur, in which the enemy would be defeated, but on our side we would sustain the loss of a great commander, over whose fall the whole land should mourn.
He did not name Jackson
"The second invasion of Northern soil was clearly foreseen, and vividly pictured.
Our troops would advance further into the enemy's country than they did in their first attempt; and Harrisburg
and perhaps Baltimore
were to fall into our hands.
But still the second invasion would be attended with disaster, and our forces be compelled to withdraw to the borders of Virginia
, where a winter campaign would pass without much heavy fighting.
In the spring of 64 our troops, victorious on the soil of Virginia
, were again to turn their faces no thward, and march into the country of the enemy.--This third invasion is to be successful, and a treaty of peace, granting all for which we have contended, except the State of Maryland
, will be dictated on the enemy's own territory.
In this last invasion the people of the North
are to be much more kindly disposed towards our troops than ever before, and opposition to the further prosecution of the war so violent as to compel the Abolition authorities to grant our demands.
"With reference to what has since transpired in Mexico
, our prophet predicted the following early in the summer of '61: There was to be a tripartite alliance of three European Governments, whose object was to be the redemption of Mexico
Two of these Governments were soon to withdraw from this alliance, but the third, and greatest of the three, would prosecute the objects for which the alliance was formed to a successful issue.
Then a European Prince
was to be placed upon the throne, and the world would witness the inauguration of a monarchy on this continent, and no arm be raised to oppose it."
The writer of the above is an intelligent gentleman, and what he writes is known to several highly respectable residents of Richmond
With this explanation we surrender the superhuman department to the next comer, and turn our chair towards "the spring of '64."