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our Generals — namely, the taking of Washington city and the capture of Fortress Monroe.
Success in the first project would utterly demoralize and discredit the Lincoln Government.
They may flee and make their headquarters in some securer place; they may save themselves harmless by flight, and continue to carry on all the operate the war. But it would not be more decisive in a political point of view than the capture of Fortress Monroe would be in a material one.
The first would destroy Lincoln's Government; the other would destroy his blockade, bring into existence a large Southern Navy with myriads of privateers, and sweep his commerce from the seas. nervous; and even if there were little probability of success, the investment should be made.
Any serious cannonading along those lines will stampedes the whole Lincoln fraternity from the city, and the chief object of taking the city would thus be accomplished by an attempt amounting to little more than a feint.