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The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Speech of U. S. Senator Benjamin on the Crisis. (search)
pletely changed the face of affairs. It was a great exploit, worthy of any commander that ever lived, rivalled only by the march of the Consul Nero, when he left Hannibal in the lurch on the Vulturous, and fell upon and destroyed the recruits which his brother was bringing to his army. A flank march, in the face of an enemy in position, says Napoleon, is the most dangerous operation in war. Such a march brought on the rout of Frederick the Great at Kolin, of the Russians at Austerlitz, of Marmont at Salamanca. This operation, delicate as it is, Washington conducted with the most entire success, in the face of an enemy more than doubly as strong as he was, with raw, undisciplined troops in opposition to veterans that had never met their match in Europe, commanded by a man who had been specially selected for the service on account of the supposed superiority of his talents and enterprise. "I will bag my fox in the morning," said Cornwallis, in sportsman's phrase, when advised by Sir