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we think the sublime incident of the 12th of May, when he was desirous to lead a division into action, and was forcibly prevented, ought to have opened his eyes. He is at this moment "the foremost man of all the world," and his life is more precious than the life of any other individual whatever. It was thought a high proof of the estimate in which the courage of Napoleon was held by his men, that he should have felt himself so secure of his position as to promise them the evening before Austerlitz, that in the battle of the morrow he would keep out of danger.--There can be no doubt that they fought all the better for the assurance, and there can be just as little doubt that the army of Northern Virginia would, could they always be assured that their leader was out of danger. And General Lee owes it to himself, to the cause, to the unbounded affection of his countrymen and countrywomen, to the love, passing the love of man for woman and parent for child, entertained for him by the r
t did. Napoleon never lost a battle on his advance to a capital. Grant lost every one he fought between the Rapid Ann and the James. The five great campaigns of Napoleon, after he had obtained supreme power, were those of Marengo, (1800,) Austerlitz, (1805,) Jena, (1806,) Friedland, (1807,) and Wagram, (1809.) We speak of the campaign of Marengo as having been made after he had obtained supreme power, because, though at the time he was nominally but the First Consul of the French Republic,he rear of these troops, defeated them in detachments, shut up what were left in Ulm, compelled the whole to surrender, marched upon Vienna, entered it without resistance, crossed the Danube, defeated the combined Russian and Austrian forces at Austerlitz, and made peace at Pressburg, after a campaign of something less than three months. He "fought it out on this line," and did not turn from it. To have been equal to Napoleon, Grant should have got in the rear of Lee, captured his whole force, m
Waterloo or Austerlitz--General Lee's Plans. The New York Mercury of February 26th has an editorial article which possesses particular interest at this time. We copy it entire: Wilmington is ours. Charleston is ours. Columbia is ours. Without a struggle; without an answering blow. One after the other of these — but lately the chief strongholds of the rebels — have yielded to what the Government organs would have us believe was an inexorable necessity. For nearly four years, bold and impregnable, they have defied attack, laughed siege to scorn, and withstood bombardment, want of supplies, and suffered all the miseries ever endured by a weaker power contending with a stronger. And now why is it, that in this, their last extremity, they have so tamely yielded to the foe they have defied and held at bay so long? Why this sudden departure from the cities which, in the earlier days of the war, they so stoutly swore should never be desecrated by the presence of the "acc
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