"Our New Raids"
The quadrilateral editor of the New York Times
is certainly the most untiring campaigner (upon paper) that ever existed.
No sooner has one system of operations, mapped out for certain success, been brought to ruin by the stupid Confederates who refuse to be conquered by paper campaigns, than we find him busy spinning another."The spider of Pope
's famous simile, throned on the centre of a thousand converging lines, is the proper emblem of his indefatigable activity, as it is, likewise, of his poisonous rancor.
But a month ago Hunter
was to come from the West
, take Lynchburg
, and cut us off in that direction.
Butter was to come from the East
and take Petersburg
Thus we were to be cut off from the South
was to come from the North
and shut up Lee
, and there his army was to be starved out. Nothing in the world was so easy as to take Richmond
, demolish Lee
's army, and crush the rebellion on paper; but when it came to be tried, this notable scheme failed entirely in the execution.
has been driven off, Lynchburg
has not been taker, Petersburg
is safe, Grant
has lost 150,000 men, and is in a position where he is likely to lose as many more, if he will stay till the first of October; Sheridan
has been beaten within an inch of his life, Kantz
have lost all their artillery, all the negroes, spoons, and other plunder they had in possession, three thousand horses, thousands of small arms, untold amounts of stores and baggage, and have gained nothing but the reputation of the thieves and felons which they really are. In a word, the quadrilateral's one hundred and forty-fifth scheme for subduing the rebels has proved a glorious failure.
The web which was to encircle the "devoted city" has been brushed away, without leaving a trace behind.
"The filthy creature's at its work again."
The one hundred and forty sixth plan is now before us. It is eminently worthy of the "quadrilateral," and will recommend itself highly "to the sympathies of youth," especially of Yankee youth, for it is a scheme of plunder on a large scale, and Yankee youths are thieves by instinct.
It is headed "Our New Raids," and is introduced by a declaration that "these raids of our cavalry in Virginia
a military significance," &c. The other
raids, it seems, had no "military significance" whatever.
They were, we presume, merely set on foot to gratify the instinctive proclivity to theft, which is characteristic of the Yankee
race. "Military significance." Oh, yes!
everything, of course, has had a military significance with the hero of Solferino
ever since his flight from that world-renowned field.
He can think of nothing else, dream of nothing else, write of nothing else but matters military.
Alas! for his readers; for every morning he
"Rends with tremendous sound their ears asunder, with gun, drum trumpet, blunderbus, and thunder."
A parrot, which talked very plainly, was a great favorite with the sailors on board of one of the English ships that fought at Trafalgar
The day after the battle "Poor Pell" was among the missing, and there was great lamentation among the crew.
They thought he had been knocked overboard in the action and drowned.
It was not so, however.
On the third day after the battle he was seen peeping cautiously above the deck, having crawled out of the hiding place in which he had ensconced himself while the battle was going on. He was hailed with shouts of joy by his old friends, but to their sorrow they soon found that he had entirely lost his speech.
To the usual salutation "Pretty Polly
" he would only answer "Bom
." In a word, Poor Polly
Tralaigar had not only killed Nelson
and destroyed Napoleon
's navy, but it had bereft Polly
of her senses.
The terrible cannonade of that awful day was forever after in her ears.
To every term of coaxing and endearment she ever after could be brought to answer nothing but "Bom
." So it is with the quadrilateral of the Times.
The bullet that gained the battle of Austerlitz
, in Moravia
, killed Pitt
The bullet that gained the battle of Solferino
a madman for life.
It served him as Gen Andrew Jackson
said the explosion of the Peacemaker served Col Benton
It blew out the few brains he had without destroying his life.
"Guns, bombs, bastions, batteries, bayonets, bullets," now form the everlasting staple of his talk.
He has never forgotten, and he never will forget, that awful race of Solferino
, in which he so far distanced all competitors as to entitle the result of the race to be recorded, as that of Eclipse was, "Raymond
first and the rest nowhere."
We are told by Raymond
that from this time forward "our raids are to bear directly, specifically, and effectively upon the rebel army defending the rebel capital." "They are intended to harass, embarrass, distract, divide, and isolate the army of Gen Lee
— to cut all his communications, to demolish his depots, consume his materiel,
burn his stores, and in every possible way weaken his power. " Is that all?
Why, every army that has been beaten by the Confederates
since the war had a more ample mission than that.
There was not one of them that was not sent to "crush the rebellion," and that did not promise to do it. If Grant
's present business be only to steal silver, rob hen roosts, maim cattle, burn corn cribs, steal baby linen, "c.--for these seem to be the objects of these raids — he has come to his level much sooner than we had hoped.
We always thought him the most thorough humbug of the day; but we had supposed he was a man who would fight to the last.
However, we can hardly blame him. Lee
gave him such a dose in May and June that we do not wonder he has enough of it. It is no doubt safer to rob hen-roosts than to storm batteries, and if Grant
prefer the former there is no disputing of tastes.
"These raids," says the quadrilateral, "are of the first importance. " Look at a map."--There it is!
Only fancy the fleet-footed hero of Solferino
seated at a table with a map before him, a la Napoleon le grand!
--What a sublime spectacle!
What a wonderful man!
He looks, he studies, he traces with his finger, he becomes oracular, and thus he breaks forth, "Look at the relations of Petersburg
, and of Richmond
to the great body of the Confederacy
lying south of the Virginia
line — and you will at once see with what terrific effect, as regards Lee
's army, a body of twenty thousand cavalry can play in the region sweeping from the Appomattox
round by the Lynchburg
and Danville Railroad, the upper waters of the James
, and the Blue Ridge Mountain
, " Well, they have tried it, and ask Sheridan
how it has turned out. But hear this; "In fact, if Gen Grant
can but maintain his army in fact where it now is, we do not see how it is at all possible, with the cavalry operate one was not carry on, for Lee to retain his army three
months in Richmond
, or anywhere on the James river
We have several times expressed our wonder at the inattention of Lincoln
to the claims of Raymond
He ought to have made him Lieutenant General
, instead of Grant
, If he cannot fight so well, he can run laster, and the Yankees
admire a fleet-footed General, like Sheridan
From the following occurrence, we judge his claims are rising with the rank and file of the army, and will be forced upon the President
A gentleman, in conversation the other day with some Yankee prisoners, asked them who was their best General.-- "Och!" said an Irishman of the party, "we have no Ginerals at all, at all." "No Generals
why, what is Grant
he is no Gineral. " "McClellan
?" "No Gineral." "Sherman
?" "No Gineral." "Well, then, whom do you call a General?" "I call the editor of the New York Times
Och! but don't he lay it off beautiful?"