, our State authorities, and our Confederate Government, have zealously, patriotically, and harmoniously combined to bring about the present glorious results.
We have won victory after victory, are besieging the enemy in his capital, cutting off his water communication from the North, and daily approaching and threatening to bombard Washington; Maryland, that belonged to the North, or at worst was neutral when the war began, is now ready to join us, so soon as our armies cross the Potomac; Missouri is up in arms, has checked the progress of the invader, and is fast driving him from her soil; last of all, Kentucky has raised the standard of revolt.
We went into the war a few months since, without men or money, without munitions of war, or clothing or provisions for our soldiers, and with a new and but half-organized Confederate Government.
As if by magic, an army of a quarter of a million, or more — well officered, well armed, well provisioned, well clothed, and well disciplined
hat short time we have increased our territory one-fourth, and subjected the enemy to many disgraceful and disastrous defeats.
But our brave, skillful, and able Generals, panting themselves for the battle, have restrained the ardor of their troops, pursued the Fabian, the Washingtonian, and Wellingtonian policy, and fought only when they were prepared and could fight on equal terms.
Such has been the policy and practice of Beauregard, of Jolinston, of Magruder, of Lee, McCulloch, Wise, and Floyd; and our President, a distinguished scientific and practical soldier, and wise civilian, has concurred in, approved of, and directed this safe, prudent, humane, Fabian strategy.
His Secretary of War, and the rest of his Cabinet, have agreed with him and were a unit on this subject.
Everybody who knows anything about military affairs — everybody who is acquainted with the numbers, position, and all the surrounding circumstances of the opposing armies — speaks in terms of admiration and eulo