, and the Union
In the Revolution, our troops were terribly cut up on Brooklyn Heights
; yet that calamity proved the salvation of the country, since it developed the masterly Fabian
system of tactics subsequently pursued by Washington
.--N. Y. Commercial Advertiser
To the brave man defeat is only an argument for new effort.
Our banner, which has been trailing in the dust, must be lifted up towards the stars.
Overwhelming numbers have repulsed our army, after it had conquered an equal force entrenched behind earthworks and masked batteries.
Our retreating columns have fallen back to Alexandria
, leaving hundreds of our brave fellows on the soil where they fell so heroically.
But why recount the disasters of yesterday?
What is to be done?
The capital must again be defended.
The ground which has been lost, must be regained.
Victory must follow on the heels of defeat.
Not an inch more must be yielded.
The ranks must be filled up. The fifty thousand must be made a hundred thousand.
For every regiment that has been broken up, two must appear straightway.
Let no man lisp the word discouragement.
Let us begin to-day.
Let not an hour be lost.
Let the Government
say when and whence it wants men, and they shall be forthcoming.
Such at least is the spirit of Rhode Island
“What if the day be lost?
All is not lost.”
It cannot be lost while we have confidence in the justice of our cause, and faith in Heaven.
We seek not for the mere prestige of victory; we are warring not to decide the skill of rival generals, and the comparative prowess of Northern and Southern soldiery; we are seeking (with sword, it is true) to win back the blessings of peace in a Constitutional Union.--New Bedford Mercury
The disaster at Manassas Junction
, while it will inspire the most profound regret and disappointment, will not cause the abatement of one jot of heart or hope as to the final result.
If it shall put a stop to the idle gasconade and depreciation of the rebel power, in which we have all been too prone to indulge, we shall have bought the lesson dearly it is true, but it is worth learning at almost any price.--Salem Gazette
It is idle to seek to disguise that we have met with a great disaster, but one for which, under all the circumstances, we should not have been totally unprepared, and which only proves that even our soldiers cannot achieve impossibilities.
We have paid an awful penalty for the error of underrating the strength of our enemy, and attempting, with too small a number of men, to drive him from his stronghold.
We have suffered our zeal to outrun our discretion; and in deference to the strong popular sentiment which demanded an early capture of Richmond
, the forward movement against that city was commenced before we had consolidated a sufficient force to render its downfall certain.--Philadelphia Press
, July 23.