ern pride to take for granted that superior numbers alone effected the result.
Yet, in the great wars of the world, nothing is so little proved as that the more numerous always and necessarily prevail.
On the contrary, the facts of history show that brains have ever been more potent than brawn.
The career of the Confederate States exhibits no exception to this rule.
Eliminate the good sense and unselfish earnestness of Mr. Lincoln, and the great ability and practical energy of Seward and Adams, and of Stanton and Chase from the control of, the affairs of the United States; conceive a management of third-rate and incompetent men in their places — will any one doubt that matters would have ended differently?
To many it may be unpalatable to hear that at the South all was not done that might have been done and that cardinal blunders were made.
But what is pleasing is not always true, and there can be no good excuse now for suppressing important facts or perverting history.