The "Rebellion" not to be Crushed by "Mere Weight."
--The New York Herald
, in an article on the new calls of Lincoln
for troops, says:
We ought to crush the Confederacy
by mere weight.
But it is not the first time that our armies have doubled those of the enemy in force, and we have seen that it is futile to place a blind reliance on numbers.
Seven hundred thousand men in six armies, operating on different lines, at different times, will be wasted in detail against two hundred thousand concentrated under an active General.
Every great war shows this over and over again, and, above all, our own war shows it. It is as simple as that two and two make four; yet it is from a neglect of this very simple principle that we have hitherto failed to destroy the rebel armies.
Organization is necessary, men are necessary, and material is necessary; but concentration and concerted action are more necessary than all. Enough men have been assembled at Washington city
, under the orders of the President
, to have gone to Richmond
over every armed man in the Confederacy
; but instead of concentrating there a sufficient force for the purpose, that great strength has been dissipated in useless efforts all along the Atlantic coast
We have had Hatteras
expeditions and Big Bethel, Roanoke Island
campaigns; Port Royal
has been taken, and Fort Pulaski
, and there have been sieges of Charleston
, and all to no purpose, except to murder men; and all this effort, with the effort wasted in the Shenandoah valley, added to even the very worst of our advances against Richmond
, must have taken that city.
All the effort made in the East
has failed for want of concentration.