Extracts from the Northern press.the subject of drafting--one Vermont Regiment already in New York — Gen Pope's forces, &c.
The Federal press is still on the drafting act. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a gloomy article on the prospect, and thinks the people are disposed, like Micawber, to wait for something to ‘"turn up"’ before they enlist. It closes thus: We have not approached this delicate subject without due consideration of all its bearings. The wonderful readiness with which the ranks of our vast armies have heretofore been filled must not blind us to the reality that there may be a limit to this free-will spirit in the present state of affairs.--The stake is too grave for hesitation, and we think that we express the common sentiment of an overwhelming portion of the loyal population of its best portion in intelligence and moral worth — when we say that if the requisite number of volunteers cannot be forthwith procured, the initiatory measures for obtaining the requisite number of militia should be adopted. If, meanwhile, volunteers should fill the ranks, no harm would have been done. But if the complement should be wanting, there would be the ready machinery to insure it. What our rebel enemies might say of this resort, what their sympathizers among us might think of it, these are questions of no moment. Our simple duty is to put forth our whole strength, by whatever means we can evoke it, to crush Secession and restore peace. Unwelcome as the system might be to our feelings, it is one which has some things to recommend it beside its assurance of a prompt and an adequate levy. It seems just to the brave men now in the field; it seems just to the wounded who are suffering from its battles, and to the dead who have given their lives to the cause, that laggards in its support should not be wholly exempt from service, though to be equally the gainers by national success.--Throughout the country are tens of thousands of men capable of military duty, who have the means to hire substitutes, and these again would be as certainly obtained when the money thus received would insure something to their dependents beyond the ordinary pay of a soldier. The army itself would be the better by affording the amplest possible choice of recruits, instead of being encumbered with men who may barely reach the standard of qualification, when first mustered into service, and prematurely break down under its hardships. We trust, however, that the reduction of the term of service from three years to one year will obviate the necessity of resorting to this mode of obtaining soldiers for our army.
The Green Mountain Boys First in the field.
The first regiment from New England under the new requisition, bound for the seat of war, will pass through this city to-morrow morning.
The regiment is from the hills of Vermont--the men such as those who passed through New York with green sprigs in their caps, a year ago. Since then those hardy fellows have smelt gunpowder and have tasted battle; and on every field have borne themselves with a heroism and a fortitude worthy of their glorious State.
Their comrades now rush to the rescue; and with none the less alacrity because their aid is so greatly needed, and the work they have to achieve will call forth so much of their native spirit.
Had the regiment arrived here but one day earlier, so as to be present at the great Union meeting, it would have given an impetus to volunteering, though it might have made New York ashamed of herself.
Where are our volunteers under the new call?
Let there be at least one, if not ten, regiments in uniform by to-night, to greet the Vermonters to-morrow morning.
[from the New York times, July 15]
Our recent military Disasters.
It never rains but it pours.
The check before Richmond was preceded by the repulse on James Island and has been followed by some serious reverses in the West.
At Murfreesboro' two regiments and two Generals have been captured — Nashville is threatened and may fall, since we are in for a run of bad luck — Baton Rouge has been recaptured, and portions of three regiments, fifteen hundred men in all, surrendered with it. Curtis, if we are to believe Southern accounts, has recently lost a thousand men, while guerrillas swarm again in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
This is not a pleasant state of things, but it was rendered possible when Gen. Halleck decided to go into summer quarters with his army.
Had the campaign continued vigorously, we should not have heard of the Confederates being near Nashville.
If we do not attack them they undoubtedly will us, and we must expect a series of reverses until our Western army again assumes the offensive.
[from the New York world--Editorial.]
M'Clellan to be reinforced — operations in the Shenandoah Valley--Gen. Schenck in danger.
[Correspondence of the New York world]
Washington, July 13.--So the question is settled. McClellan is to be reinforced, and the siege of Richmond is to continue. Rather, I should say, the assault upon Richmond will be essayed; for we shall hear little more of trenches and engineering, except, as at Harrison's Landing, for purposes of defence. Meanwhile, what is the co-operating process that shall insure success? The old pernicious impolicy of no co-operation is forever done with. There is a strong probability that one leader, perhaps Gen. Halleck, will be appointed to have command and supervision over all forces in Virginia, and will stay at Washington or some other central point of convergence. But Government is sadly puzzled. It is not true that as yet, any decided advance is making towards Richmond from this direction. Immediately after the great battles Gen. Pope was ordered, on impulse, to concentrate all the forces scattered between the Alleghenies and Fredericksburg, and march overland to attack the enemy's left flank or rear. Reflection showed that the enemy's position was really menacing Washington, and that dangerously. By great exertions 50,000 troops, perhaps, could be massed from the debris of McDowell's, Banks's, and Sigel's corps. But if these forces should push for Richmond via Manassas or Warrenton, Stonewall Jackson could easily sweep down the Shenandoah Valley, cross the Potomac, and enter Maryland. If, on the other hand, Pope should go down the Valley, what would hinder the Confederates from taking the straight cut across lots and bombarding the Capital from our ill-garrisoned forts on Arlington Heights? We have not got out of this dilemma yet. The truth must be told. If 50,000 militia--three months men — were at once drawn from the North, for the protection of Washington, I think Pope could then march down, and that, through his aid, McClellan could rout the Confederate grand army. I firmly believe that in some such direction the true policy of the moment can be found. Will nothing arouse our leaders to the exigency? They are only a race of Bourbons, who learn nothing. At this very moment the enemy has again appeared in the Shenandoah Valley. Ugly tidings! Thus far sedulously concealed from the people. A bad omen pervades such dispatches. Gen. Schenck, now at Luray, telegraphs that three thousand Confederates are between him and Gen. Banks. Of course, if three thousand are there, twenty thousand are not far behind. Every soldier knows this must be so. And the fact is that, instead of being on route for Richmond, as the North deems likely, Gen. Pope's forces are even now distributed in small squads from the Dan to the Beersheba of our frontier, waiting to know precisely what point is to be the enemy's line of approach before concentrating to meet him. Gens. Pope, Sigel, Blenker, Stahl, and a half dozen others, are inert at Willards's, waiting for the movement of the waters.--Pray heaven it may be one of healing.