red, and yet leave forces amply large enough to meet all the troops that could be mastered against them by the rebels in that quarter of the country.
With the aid of the rapidly multiplying negro regiments, whose fighting qualities are now universally acknowledged, it would seem that there could be no question of this ability.
of the Western soldiers — some thirty or forty regiments there made up of Eastern man — thus to be thrown, by the Knoxville road, through Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia, upon Lee's flank, and were the old Army of the Potomac at an early day to be reinforced up to its proper standard by the new draft, it would be physically impossible for Lee to hold out for any long period.
Of course he, too, would be to some extent reinforced, as he has been already since the battle of Gettysburg.
But the forces and the resources of the Confederacy are now too much reduced to admit of any such contribution to its favorite army as thus lies in our power, in respect t