“The Struggle of 1864″

charleston

March 5, 1864

Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The Charleston Mercury
Date: March 5, 1864
Title: The Struggle of 1864.

 
The Struggle of 1864.
The campaign of 1864 opens hopefully for the Confederate
causes. All the advances of our enemies have been repulsed,
and their plans consequently deranged. Their usual barbarity
has been displayed in the waste of our country, and the natural
result of uniting and nerving our people in its defence, we
trust, has been produced. Let our soldiers have fair play.
Give them Generals in whom they have confidence. Let
incompetency for a while stand back. Let JACKSON’S despatch to
the Government at Richmond be observed – ‘Send me more troops,
but no orders’- and our noble soldiery will crown our cause
with victory and triumph. The Yankees are, as usual,
practicing their master-strategy – lying. But the wise man in
the Scriptures says that is an end to all things;’and
we suppose there will be an end also of faith in Yankee lies.
Victories are things of too much notoriety and seriousness to
be manufactured on paper or suppressed before the world. The
truth will come out. Bloody repulses, and retrograde marches,
and cities still standing, are such patent and important facts
that even Yankee lying cannot conceal them. Charleston has
fallen a dozen times into the hands ofthe enemy, yet still
stands. Mobile is now going the same way. SHERMAN is to take
Montgomery – has taken it; and stocks in New York go up. He
has burned the bridges behind him as he advances into Alabama,
as CORTEZ burned his ships. How can such desperate valor fail?
GRANT and FARRAGUT! -
‘Phoebus, what a name
To fill the speaking trump of future fame!’
are to twist the tail ofthe anaconda around our throats and to
knot it. Such are our enemies’imaginations and inventions.
In the mean time, the people ofthe Confederate States are
quietly bending themselves to the mighty task before them.
Great are their difficulties, financial and military – great by
the power of their enemies – but greater still, by the reckless
incompetency of their officials, bringing confusion in their
finances and disaster to their arms. Yet they still look up
with hope and defiance. They know that no failure or disaster
could befall them without the will of Him in whom they trust,
and who rules their destinies. Sorrows and sufferings may be
the discipline necessary, in the view of infinite wisdom, to
separate them forever from their cruel and bloody foes, and to
give them the very independence for which they fight. Forty
years the Israelites were detained in the wilderness to render
them fit to enter the promised land. They, too, must be made a
peculiar people; and through great tribulations enter into the
enjoyment ofthe blessings of independence and liberty.
Turning their backs on the past, they fearlessly and
confidently face their hateful and hated foes, and with steady
tread and unflinching brows, march on to the mighty campaign of
1864. The nations ofthe world are the spectators, and God the
arbiter of the fight.

 
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