The Atlanta Appeal,
of the 2d inst., has the following encouraging view of affairs in the trans-Mississippi Department, written before the report of Steele
's surrender to Price
If our intelligence from the West
be true, and we have no reason the doubt it, Gens Smith
are doing their work up nobly on the west side of the Mississippi river
The campaign of Banks
has proved a complete failure, and he is represented as having been driven on the north side of Red river
, and is seeking refuge at Natchez
, on this side of the Mississippi
This leaves all West Louisiana
free from the enemy, and will play hob with those Yankees who have emigrated thither with the view of raising cotton and sugar.
They will be compelled to give up their farms, of course, and re-emigate to the North
seems to have no foe to contend with in Texas
, and Gen Smith
will remain idle during the spring
, as it will be impossible for Lincoln
to supply Banks
with a new force sufficiently strong to renew the campaign.
, too, since he has been relieved of the Incubus of Gen Holmes
, is beginning to loom up, and will again signalize himself as the deliverer of Arkansas
His victory over Steele
seems to have been a complete one, and we doubt whether Steele
will be permitted to remain long in Little Rock
, even if he should get there.--Now that the work has commenced, and Gen. Price
has his face once more set towards the North
, we may rest assured he will not remain idle.
His army will gather strength as he moves through the country, and we predict that the summer months will find him once more within the borders of his own State, rallying the people to action.
These victories will inspire the hearts and nerve the arms of our people west of the river, who, we doubt not, will rally to the support of the army in such numbers as will insure that country from further invasion.
Many of them, probably, will be enabled to cultivate the crops which the Yankees
have planted and reap the proceeds before Lincoln
will be able to send another effective force against them, even if he shall ever have the power of doing so, which we do not believe will be the case.
He now has his hands too full on this side of the river to give much attention to the West
, and Gen. Banks
will call for reinforcements in vain.
The greater probability is, that this individual will be called to Washington
to give an account of his stewardship.
These victories and triumphs in the West
will go far to teach the people of the North
the utter folly of attempting further subjugation of the South
.--They will teach them the impossibility of holding the country and turning it to advantage, even after they have once made a conquest of it. If there was any portion of our country which they considered to be firmly within their grasp, it was West Louisiana
; yet this has been wrested from them, and we believe without the hope of recovery.
So it will be with Arkansas
, so with Missouri
, so with Tennessee
, and so with Kentucky
The return wave is now flowing back upon the North
, and no earthly power can stay its progress.
It will roll on and on, gathering strength and volume as it progresses, until the entire South
is redeemed from the despotic tread of the Yankee
Our dastard and unprincipled foe have had their most jovial revels on Southern soil.
From this day forth they will be made to feel a more infuriating sting of Southern steel than they have hitherto felt.
Our people, long oppressed, are now thoroughly aroused, and our soldiers may be said to be just beginning to fight.
The Yankee will no longer find the South
an asylum for him. He is now required to "take up his bed and walk," and "go home where he belongs" battles thus far fought this spring have had a most powerful and persuasive effect upon him in this direction, but nowhere more so than in the West
The great Union slider, Banks
, would now seem to be on a big slide himself, and no doubt thinks the ghost of Stonewall Jackson
is after him. If he has not already discovered, he will find out before the summer closes, that Massachusetts
is a more healthful place of residence for him than Louisiana
Altogether, the Trans Mississippi Department is in a most promising condition.
is driven on this side of the river, we know of no other Federal troops in Southwestern Louisiana
has little or nothing to contend with in Texas
, and we may rest assured that Gen. Price
will give Steele
no rest until he gets him out of Arkansas
This leaves the Western department comparatively clear of the enemy, and, as remarked above, we do not think the people there need live in any fear of their return.
Our opinion is they have started home, and will not stop until they get there.
As the West
is clear, let us now look to the East
, give our best attention to Grant
, and the war is over, at least so far as the South