The London times on Confederate military movements.
--The London Times
, of the 26th ult., has an editorial on the late military operations of the Confederate
commanders, resulting in the defeat of Rosecrans
and the retreat of Meade
In these last operations in Tennessee
commanders have displayed a degree of military skill and a power of combining their force that the Federals
have never been able to attain.
The armies of General Lee
and General Bragg
, in Georgia
and Northern Virginia
, were more than four hundred miles apart in a straight line.
Yet they cooperated with and supported each other with as much celeray as if they were engaged in one operation.
A whole corps has been taken from one and added to the other with facility as great as if the main bodies had only been separated by the distance of a day's march.
The immense advantage of railroads for the purposes of war has never yet been so signally proved as by the transfer of Longstreet
's corps from Virginia
to aid in the defeat of Rosecrans
, and back again to enable Lee
to make this advance so confidently.
The troops thus twice moved from point to point must have traversed more than a thousand miles of road, some of the railway lines they took being circuitous.
The possession of these lines has been of immense advantage to the Southerners, but it requires great strategical ability to turn even advantages to account.
could not refer to any operations of ancient war for precedents.
To weaken one army in the face of an enemy of equal force, to strengthen another four hundred miles distant, was hardly within the resources of old military science.
It has not only been done, but repeated, and both movements have been successful.
It is a remarkable achievement, and its importance is singularly Illustrated by a complete contrast with it. Burnside
was dispatched to reinforce Rosecrans
as soon as Longstreet
's movement was ascertained.
But the Federal General
had no railway lines to move by. He struggled on through a country either roadless or ill-provided with the means of communication.--He could not arrive in time to prevent the disaster of Chattanooga