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n before he makes his next effort. Let us diligently use the golden opportunity, and prepare by every means in our power for the conflict that is still inevitable. As to the final result, fellow citizens, judging by the history of the past eighteen months, can you doubt it. Except on the coast and on our rivers at points early assailed by gunboats, we have had no cause to complain of the result. Witness Bethel, Manassas, Oak Hills, Lexington, Leesburg, Belmont. Shiloh and Chickahominy; our soldiers have shown on every field a desperate valor that has wrong reluctant plaudits from our hated foes. Whenever ordered to advance, they have done so regardless of the danger, and at the word of command have crowded the road to death as to a festival. With such soldiers, and such incentives to action, and with all present causes of complaint in the course of speedy removal, we again say to you be of good cheer. There is everything to encourage us and you may rest assured