The Yankees at Yuattall's.
The New York Herald
, which always announces contemplated enterprises of the enemy with so much accuracy that it is believed by many to dilate them, told us a week or more ago, that Gen. Lee
was playing a rash game in removing his army from Richmond
, for that the great warrior, Dix
, would be sure to take advantage of his absence and pounce upon it. Finding this threat of no avail, the Yankee General
is now endeavoring to carry it out, to the extent at least of a demonstration.
It will not do. Not a man, not a horse, not a gun, will be withdraws from the army of General Lee
, and Dix
will not take Richmond
We have a force amply sufficient to drive him back, and perhaps to capture his whole command, even without the assistance of the citizens, who are armed, organized, and prepared for action.
The equanimity of the city is not, in the slightest degree, disturbed by the new demonstration, and the only fear we hear expressed is that Dix
will take counsel of his discretion and retire, before he shall have gotten too far from his gunboats.
We have it from high authority, that not only the city is in no danger, but that we are in a condition to chastise the Yankees
if they dare advance, in such a manner that they will not be in a hurry to repeat the experiment.
It is obvious that Dix
does not expect to capture Richmond
His whole design is to frighten the citizens to such an extent that they shall demand the protection of General Lee
's army, and thus mar the great enterprise upon which he is bent.
What that enterprise may be — whether it aims at the capture of Washington
, and the disenthralled and regeneration of Maryland
--or at the invasion of Pennsylvania
, the capture of Philadelphia
, and the transfer of the war to the heart of the enemy's country — or, finally, whether its object be merely to retaliate upon the enemy a few of the barbarities he has practiced against us — we know not. But, whatever may be the ultimate design, it is obvious that Gen. Lee
's movements have stricken the whole Yankee nation with a terror, to which we never had a parallel in the South
Either to they have been playing a safe, and to them no doubt, a very amusing game.
They have known nothing of the horrors of war, save so much as they may have read in newspapers, or heard described by returned soldiers.
They have never known what it was to have their houses pillaged and burned, their crops destroyed, their barns and mills emptied and reduced to ashes, their cattle slaughtered in sheer wantonness, and their families insulted.
They have read of all these things as perpetrated by their soldiers against us, and so far from sympathizing with us, they have incessantly cheered on the dogs of war as they were 1st loose upon us. Now the hour of retribution has struck, and the very terror with which they are stricken demonstrates, in a manner which cannot be mistaken, the spot which they are most vulnerable, the which ought to be pressed most vigorously by our General.
Doubtless he sees it more clearly than we do, and he will not be diverted from his object by any attempt upon Richmond
which it is in the power of Dix