It appears that the losses of Gen. Bragg
's army at the battle of Chickamauga
, in killed and prisoners, were after all very inconsiderable.
The principal loss was in cannon, and of these he did not lose as many as were gained in the previous battle.
found it impossible to follow up his victory.
He never yet has been able to accomplish that very difficult task of "following up."--In his last achievement he recoiled from the explosion of his own success.
His attempt to pursue the retreating army of Bragg
was met by a facer which sent him to the right about in double-quick time.
Since that admonition he has fallen back, fearing up railroads behind him, possibly in preparation for movements upon other fields.
Under such circumstances, it would not seem difficult to reorganize and restore to more than its former efficiency the army of Gen. Bragg
If all the stragglers and absentees were brought back to their posts, it would be fully able to assume the aggressive and conquer back all it has lost.
Who will be its new commander it is impossible to conjecture.
But it is reasonable to suppose that the president will place at its head the best military talent of the Confederacy
which can be spared from other posts.
cannot be relinquished in his present position, especially if the best of the Yankee Generals
— is to be placed in command of the Army of the Potomac.
Nor can Beauregard
be withdrawn from Charleston
so long as danger menaces that city.
But there are others whose services could be called into requisition without damage to other interests.
In the failure of Grant
to follow up his Chickamauga
success, a golden oppor
tunity is presented for the organization of an army which shall set at defiance any further Federal invasion of Georgia
, and carry the war into the enemy's country.
But whatever is done should be done quickly.
Not a moment of the precious opportunity should be lost.
, we trust, will not withdraw his own valuable counsels and services from his old army.
Even those who question his efficiency as a Commander in-Chief
admit that in the organization and discipline of armies he has no superior.
He is a man of rare magnanimity, the most exalted patriotism, and lion-like courage.
We trust that, although no longer Commander-in- Chief
he will yet strike many a powerful blow for the good cause.