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What we want henceforth in the Southern Confederacy is business. We want no speeches longer than this: Let us march against Philip; let us conquer or die. We want no high politics of any kind. We want no rose-water sensibility, nor any kind of kid gloves in legislation or in action. We want the Jackson practicalness in every department of affairs. We want our resources of men and means efficiently developed and carefully economized. We want the right men everywhere in the right place, from General Lee down to a Corporal.--We want the best military talent in the land at the head of all our armies. We want, in short, to live on this planet; and we cannot do it unless these essential requisites are had. It has become a question of life and death, and henceforth we shall expect to have our strength so handled and applied that it will tell.

We trust the Congress of the Confederate States will come down from the "high sentimental latitudes" on the African question, and permit itself to be guided by the sagacious, practical genius of General Lee. The President has placed the supreme military command in his hands, but, in order to give effect to that action, the Congress must place at his disposal all such means as he requires.--And whatever is done, must be done quickly.

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