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Burnside's expedition.

It seems to be believed that Burnside is fitting out an expedition at Annapolis, for what point is not known. Whether it is intended to operate in North Carolina or to form one of the various columns which the Yankee press have announced will be concentrated for an attack upon this city, remains to be seen. Our military authorities will be apprised in due time, as they possibly are already; of his purposes, and will be prepared to give him a hospitable reception. Burnside is not an unknown man in these latitudes. The battle of Fredericksburg has made his name notorious. Nothing could surpass the fool hardiness with which he dashed his heavy masses against impregnable bulwarks on that occasion, but the extreme caution with which he kept his own heroic person out of danger. This, we know, is a distinguishing virtue of Yankee Generals, but he carries it to excess. After the battle he had the candor, to acknowledge that he was not competent to the trust reposed in him, and has since been principally engaged in making, war upon non combatants and robbing hen-roosts. We shall be glad to see Burnside again, though he is not likely to be trusted hereafter with the management of anything that involves brains or personal courage.

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