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uccess in the "on to Richmond." It is the short and comprehensive syllable "if." if McDowell had joined his forces to McClellan's, the "young Napoleon" would have captured Richmond, and if Burnsides pontoons had arrived in time he would have swept Lee from the heights around Fredericksburg with the besom of destruction. "If" is a very short, but a very important, word in human affairs. If Adam had not fallen, there would now be no war and no Yankees. E. Julius C├Žsar had listened to the a Gen. Johnston had been carried out at the battle of the Seven Pines, what would have saved the whole Federal force from falling into our net? If the Merrimac had not been blown up what would have saved the Federal transports? If the orders of Gen. Lee had been strictly carried out in the battles around Richmond, not a man of McClellan's retreating army would ever have escaped. So we, too, have our "Ifs" which, if they had not happened, would more than balance all the "ifs" which have brough
le our weak columns on the coast, now threatened with destruction in detail and render Washington entirely have, as it was so long as McClellan prosecuted in flank movement forward the rebel capital. From Petersburg, a cavalry expedition would be necessary only to proceed West to the Burkeville Junction of the Tennessee and Danville Railroads, and destroy them both. It seems to us that if Petersburg were once in our hands, it would give us virtual possession of the entire South, and force Gen. Lee to fight his army either to extermination or submission, without any chance of retreat, or means of obtaining supplies or reinforcements from the South and Southwest. Such a magnificent diversion could now be made without weakening the Army of the Potomac, the expedition of Gen. Banks, or any other independent corps, except, perhaps, that of Gen. Foster, in North and it would have the effect to give us a serious of decisive victories, which would put an end to the rebellion before the enl