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General Breckinridge was the first in which our forces have met Sigel in an independent command. He is the pride of his countrymen at the North, and of that school of agitators known as Red Republicans. He has been of great service to the treacherous Yankees in recruiting among foreigners from the European continent, to fill up the Federal armies sent to desolate the South. Like most of the leading agitators and political anarchists from Europe, he has certain ideas for the good of mankind — schemes which invariably propose social and pecuniary advantages to particular parties, at the expense of other people. Sigel, true to the selfish character of the school to which he belongs, avowed his object in entering this war to be to establish a German preponderance and control in the political and social system of the United States. His countrymen have concurred in his views, and have entered the United States army in immense numbers. The Yankees, anxious to get all the help they could to fight us connived at the Sigel programme, with no idea, however, of ultimately permitting the Germans to rule them. They will put them under the ban of "Know Nothingism" after the war, if they cannot put them down in any other way. The Irish will share their fate; they will claim in vain the promised aid for their liberation. The Puritans will, like Richard, say to them then, we're "not in the vein." The defeat of Sigel is not according to the bargain with him. Lincoln did not send him into the Valley to be whipped. He sent him for a very different purpose. His part in the great final campaign for our subjugation was far from insignificant. He was a foreign military chieftain of big name, and much was expected of him. His prompt defeat and fight will likely wind up his career.--Lincoln has one consolation in his misfortune, for it gives him the opportunity to wipe out the debt to Sigel for his enlistments. He may be assigned to some unimportant post, or retired altogether. Lincoln is certainly relieved of further importunities from him, with the German and other recruits he has brought under the star-spangled banner remain in the service. It is curious to observe the course of events touching the foreigners in the Federal army. They have filled a large space in the ranks as well as the hopes and expectations of the Yankees, who counted extensively on whipping us as much as practicable through their agency, and with as few of their own men as possible. In return, they had fed the foreigners with "great expectations." We shall, before a long time, see how the hopes on both sides will be blasted.
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