clusive test on this whole subject.
By our Constitution Congress may declare war, offensive as well as defensive.
It may acquire territory.
Now, suppose that, for good cause and to right unprovoked injuries, Congress should declare war against Mexico, and invade Sonora.
The militia, could not be called forth in such case, the right to call it being limited to repel invasions.
Is it not plain that the law now under discussion, if passed under such circumstances, could by no possibility be autarting the confused retreat.
The musketry-firing, deepened by the cannon's thunders, increased to one tremendous roar.
It is difficult to conceive of such a noise, shouting to be heard but a few feet; old soldiers, who had been in the war with Mexico and in different battles in this war, said they never heard any thing to compare with it. The rebels had succeeded in outflanking us, and we were now under a terrible cross-fire from three sides — in front, through the woods to our left and throu