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Title: The library of American history, literature and biography ..
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916 Birdsall, William Wilfred, 1854-1909 Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Subjects: American literature
Publisher: Philadelphia, Chicago [etc.] The J. C. Winston Co
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nized government, commanding the respect, and, to someextent, the fears of the world. Their army is complete in all its details andappointments, and it will be commanded by the foremost soldier of the country.General -Scott, whose devotion to the Union cause is attested by his drawinghis sword against his native State. They have also a navy that in a little while ROBERT E. LEE. 669 will blockade our ports and cut us off from all the world. They have nearly allthe workshops and skilled artisans of the country, and will draw upon theresources of other nations to supply any deficiency they may feel. And aboveall, we shall have to fight the prejudices of the world, because of the existenceof slavery in our country. Our enemies will have the ear of other powers,while we cannot be heard, and they will be shrewd enough to make the warappear to be merely a struggle on our part for the maintenance of slavery ; andwe shall thus be without sympathy, and most certainly without material aid from
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A SCENK IN PRESIDENT LINCOI-NS CAHINET.Secretary Stanton expressing an opinion about the conduct of the war. other powers. To meet all this we have a government to form, an army toraise, organize and equip, as best we may. We are without a treasury, andwithout credit. We have no ships, few arms, and few manufacturers. Ourpeople are brave and enthusiastic, and will be united in defense of a just cause.I believe we can succeed in establishing our independence, if the people can bemade to comprehend at the outset that to do so they must endure a longer war-and far greater privations than our fathers did in the Revolution of 1776. We•will not succeed until the financial power of the North is completely broken, 670 HIS CLEAR FORESIGHT. and this can occur only at the end of a long and bloody war. Many of ourpeople think it will soon be over, that perhaps a single campaign and one greatbattle will end it. This is a fatal error, and must be corrected, or we aredoomed. Above all, Virginians
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