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A failure.

--We hear that there are some eminent martial men, at present in civil life, who have no hesitation in expressing their opinion that the military operations of the Southern Generals have, thus far, been a failure.

These distinguished military volcanoes have let off a good deal of excoriating lava since the war commenced. Vesuvius, in full blast, has become a mere tea-kettle to the wrath and noise of their eruptions. They have never been able to approve a single movement that Johnston, Beauregard, or Magruder, have made. Nothing but an excess of magnanimity has prevented them from extinguishing the Generals aforesaid, by proceeding to the seat of war and taking command of the army themselves. It is believed, however, that unless Johnston, Beauregard & Co., do better, and make their winter quarters in the North Pole, these warlike lights, which are at present under a bushel, will transfer themselves at once to Manassas. They will not have the slightest hesitation in doing so, in the event that Prince Sa-am Sa-am supersedes General McClellan. Probably the Prince Sa-am Sa-am has no equal this side of Hindustan except these masked batteries in private life, who are waiting for him to come over. We therefore advise, invoke, and exhort, the said Johnston, Beauregard and Magruder, to disperse the enemy forthwith, or else disperse to their own respective places of abode. If they do not capture Washington forthwith, and annex Pennsylvania and New York to the Southern Confederacy before Christmas, let them give place to those who will.

For ourselves, being profoundly ignorant of the science of war, we are not able to gaze into a mill-stone with the piercing vision of those war-hawks who are looking down contemptuously from the peaceful roosts of private life upon the camp and battle-field. We are not able to see that the military operations of our Generals have been a failure. We can see that the military operations of the North have failed, because they undertook to capture Richmond by the 20th July, and they are no nearer the object now than they were when they first crossed the Potomac. But have the Southern Generals undertaken to do what they have not accomplished? They undertook to defend the South from subjugation. Have they failed in that? They undertook to hold and maintain a line of defence which would render the capital of Virginia secure. Have they failed in that? They undertook to hold the important key of Manassas, and has that been wrested from their hands? They never did undertake to capture the city of Washington, or to do more than compel the enemy to ‘"let us alone,"’ to prevent them from striking a fatal blow at our independence, and from bringing us under the dominion of Lincoln. Have they failed in that? A failure! Was Bethel a failure? Was Bull Run a failure? Was the battle of Manassas a failure? Were Carnifax Ferry and Greenbrier River failures? Was Leesburg a failure? Is the possession of Norfolk and its immense Navy-Yard a failure? Look back at the hour when the Pawnee was expected to come up the James River, and could have come up without passing one fortification; when the York River had not a gun upon it: when five hundred men was the extent of our force on the Peninsula, and fifteen hundred the whole army at Manassas; when there was not one solitary cannon on the Potomac. Look at those places now, bristling with enormous camps and the most formidable artillery, so powerfully manned and defended that in every attempt made upon them by the enemy he has been scattered like chaff before the tempest, and call all that a failure!

One of the most quiet and effective operations of the war, the blockading of the Potomac, is a curious kind of failure. In our untutored judgment nothing could have been more creditable and successful than the manner in which that failure was accomplished.--It was a work of tremendous labor, and which occupied months, and had to be performed almost in the presence of a vast fleet of the enemy; yet it was conducted with such discretion and silence that the enemy knew nothing of it till the batteries were unmasked, and the principal avenue to his capital was blockaded. A failure! Look at Virginia when the Pawnee was expected up the James, and when Jackson fell at Alexandria, and look at it now, and call the summer campaign a failure!

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