Words of Encouragement.
--The tide of war having turned in favor of the Confederacy
, the Charleston Courier
The sun burst through the clouds that had for several months hung over the Southern
sky in the opening week of April.
The first Sunday of that month witnessed a brilliant victory, won by the forces under Johnston
, against large odds and in the face of numerous disadvantages.
The success our troops met with at Williamsburg
was decisive and complete, and though the enemy, as his won't is, boasted of that discomfiture, representing it as a great victory, the truth has reached the ear of the deluded nation, and turned his joy into sorrow, his exultation into mourning.
The intrepid and irresistible Jackson
, who at Kernstown
checked and chastised the foe, though outnumbered ten to one, forced Milroy
to retreat, fell upon the enemy at McDowell
's, and made him flee in hot haste, leaving rich spoils to the victors, drove him from Front Royal
in wild disorder, smote him hip and thigh while retreating from Strasburg
, and marched in triumph to Winchester
with more than three thousand prisoners, capturing vast quantities of ammunition and army stores.
We shall hear of that glorious leader before the young moon has begun to wane, and the tidings will be delightful to the patriot heart.
The skill of our Generals
, and the dauntless and impetuous valor of the men who comprised the splendid army that drove Buell
's command to the banks of the river, has infused a wholesome fear into the bosom of Halleck
, and he hesitates long, dreading to encounter such men again under the leadership of Beauregard
, VanDorr, Polk
, and Breckinridge
And unable to thin the compact ranks that stand burning to avenge countless and atrocious wrongs, and maintain a righteous cause, Halleck
writes his name on the roll of eternal infamy by attempting to reduce the number of the brave defenders of their soil and homes through the agency of a fatal and loathsome malady.
The swords of our partizan chiefs have not grown rusty in their scabbards.
, and other brave and active spirits, have been refreshing the hearts of the young and suffering nation by chivalric exploits.
The foe looked for an easy passage over the James river
, but were sorely disquieted on learning that their most powerful iron-clad gunboats had been forced to retreat before three guns that penetrated their metal covering.
Over twelve hundred Federals marched toward Pocotaligo
on last Thursday, with banners waving gaily, treading to the stirring strains of martial music, in full confidence of performing an easy and important achievement.
That well equipped force of infantry, artillery and cavalry was held in check by less than three hundred men, and eventually driven back with loss over the road they had come.
has had a taste of the mettle of Southern soldiers.
The result of the bloody battle of the Chickahominy
gives promise and assurance of a decisive and complete victory for the side of justice, and received that foretaste of the greater triumph, with grateful hearts, we await in humble reliance upon God, the issue of trial of strength between the embattled hosts.