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  • Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 11, 2002
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      > LOUISVILLE DAILY JOURNAL, September 22, 1862.
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      > MCCLELLAN'S SUCCESSES. - Colonel Forney wrote as follows from
      > Washington on the 16th inst.:
      >
      > It is difficult to write in the general joy of this glad morning. This
      > is the greatest news we have had since the fall of Fort Donelson. To
      > appreciate its real value, you should see the effect it has produced upon
      > Washington city, and the universal feeling of pleasure that is everywhere
      > manifested. It seems as if a day of hope had risen upon a night of gloom.
      > The loyal men here are exultant and happy; the disloyal are chagrined and
      > despairing. All their fine anticipations have been thwarted. The
      > entertainments for victorious rebels have been postponed. The baked meats
      > are cold, the wines have been sent back again to the cellar. Our gallant
      > army, under its gallant leader McClellan, is driving the enemy to the
      > Potomac, and I predict the utter annihilation of Lee's army, or its hasty,
      > inglorious, and demoralized retreat into Virginia. The prompt and rigorous
      > conduct of Governor Curtin has placed a large force of Pennsylvanians on the
      > border, and that finely accomplished gentleman and soldier General Reynolds
      > is now prepared to defend the Cumberland valley. The invasion of Maryland
      > is the fatal mistake of the rebellion. It was a mistake in statesmanship,
      > and a mistake in strategy. The Southern leaders have been the victims of a
      > misplaced confidence. The Maryland secessionists were only such in theory
      > and not in practice. Secession to them was a fashionable vice, like the
      > sipping of eau de cologne, or the unnatural use of cosmetics. It gave the
      > ladies the exquisite opportunity of being in the minority - of making faces
      > at Union soldiers, and singing "Maryland, My Maryland," to a plaintive and
      > peculiar air. The men permitted it just as they have permitted everything
      > that has been asked since the days of Adam. They may perhaps have allowed
      > it for the sake of a quiet family. But when Lee came over the border, with
      > his multitude of hungry vandals, and appealed to their patriotism, they
      > declined. They liked their homes. They rather admired Mr. Lincoln, after
      > all. They adored McClellan. There was something in the old flag, and they
      > remained. They are now glad to get rid of the rebel army, even at the
      > expense of plundered farms and homesteads. The invasion of Maryland anchors
      > her forever in the waters of the Union. The army of deliverance came for an
      > example, but it had the effect of a warning. Let the word be "forward."
      > The power of the rebellion has been massed along the Upper Potomac; the
      > power of the Union is in the hands of McClellan, and he is within striking
      > distance. Let us follow up these results speedily. We have crumbled the
      > edges of the rock; let us have repeated, earnest, and unceasing blows, and
      > it will soon be shattered to pieces. This is the way to conquer a peace -
      > and I believe peace is at the end of McClellan's sword. What is to be done
      > should be done speedily. In six more weeks the frosts will set in, and then
      > we have bad roads, winter quarters, and a discontented Congress, with a
      > resuscitated South and an impatient North in the spring. Let us end the war
      > now, and have millions of dollars and thousands of lives. I believe it can
      > be done, but only in one way, and that is by _repeated, earnest, and
      > unceasing action._ This is the Administration's policy, Halleck's policy,
      > the people's policy. Let the Administration stand by Halleck and McClellan,
      > and the people by the Administration. Let there be harmony of sentiment and
      > unity of action and we may hope that the month of September will see the
      > crowning triumph of American valor and the ignominius end of the great
      > rebellion.
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