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The Daily Dispatch: January 23, 1862., [Electronic resource] 10 0 Browse Search
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tacked can hardly make the difference between victory and defeat. Next in the grand round we find the expedition of Burnside, which, it seems, is to strike at the seaboard towns of North Carolina, and cut off our railroad line between Norfolk anof this sort, it is mathematically certain that we can afford to suffer our part of the programme without trouble. This Burnside expedition completes the grand designs of McClellan. He is now entirely ready "to crush out the rebellion and to restore coast of Mississippi to require as yet any decisive steps against him there as yet. We have scotched the snake at Beaufort Burnside is the last coil of the reptile; and if we can cripple and destroy him here, our troubles may be set down as over; ess which will put him in possession of cotton, this war must break down in a few months. We have no apprehensions from Burnside; but a prompt and vigorous rally of our people against this favorite enterprise of the enemy, will carry dismay and desp
ulty, incurring the danger of being cut off, and not therefore to be undertaken lightly or without some great end in view, which we can hardly see possible. If, then, there is no important field of operations in the Sounds themselves or in the westward interior, we cannot see what the great Burnside Expedition can be after unless it be to threaten Norfolk in the rear. That is a move on the chess-board that may present pleasing expectations to our Northern neighbors; but the execution of it is a very different matter from the planning. It will be found that it is easier to take Norfolk in the rear on paper than by the Dismal Swampor at this season some other dismal routes of swamp, marsh, mud and forest, fit only for the marches of Amphibis. By the canal of course they cannot come to Norfolk. Any other line of march, if not obstructed by natural difficulties at this season, is easily defensible. But once more we suppose Burnside will soon let us know what he means to do.