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The Extent Of The Loss

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Tho rebels could have afforded to pay ten inillicns of dolltiri for the resulta accoraplished by tlieir cavalry raid on Gen Pope's headqaartera at Outlett's Station, Fnday niglit Thi-y took posseïsion of our camp. piilaged arid plundered to their huart'a oontant, and besides t e live, iiinney, horses, and personal cffects lost, General Popo lost llie BHlSter folla of bis army, and uil Lis private papers, copies of dispatehcs and reporta, memoranda of the cumpaign and the paat and present conditioii of ihe army, copina of all the telegrama which he has Kent to Washington since takii-g I113 present eomnMiid. uil the dispatch-s received friJii) the President, (enerul Hulleek, Geuerul Mcülellan, General Uuruside, a:;d the War Dv'partuifiit, copies of nll the orden ssued to hil Generáis and corps divisiona, uil his mpi und topogrüphieul eh irts, uud O short, every record and jiece of information whifih any ono could wish wlio desired to know wiih perfect accuaey and detail the past hisfoi-y nrd future plans of thu cam [i:iign, the nuiubers aud ilisp ïsiti.iu of uur iroups, and the puipOMI of the War Dep irtineut and our Generala. If these had been destroyed by ire the om would have b -en most seiious and would lently have ictarded ihe (irogies of the war, Captured and pns.+ 'SSt-d by the en finy, thfir Ioh ia ineuleulable If the little dnblö.ti oi inforuiation which careless OorrBflpondeiit have f-uffired to leak ou: of thi'ir letters was so valuable to the enmny aü to make it wise for General Pope to uxclude thuiii froin lus liiu-s, aml keep the inillious to whoui the lives aid deeni of our sul. lier.- are prèeiotu in ut ter ijiitorart and almnst inaupportable) suspense, liow valuable to the enenjy inu.s (jave heen the posaewion of all tlie ïiifurniation whicli (Jen. Pope Bud his , stalf have acOjilired and posseased. dent Lincoln c iuld now teil Jefferson Davis an'l his Generala nothiug oncerniug our army ii; Virginia which they do not already know. Trie loss, we repeat, is incalculable Uuless our forcu is so strong that KUoh perfet knowledge of oji' mrp wes hy tlie tnemy is no detrimem to their Buecessful exooutioa, the hola plan of tho iwmpaigii must be ehanged. It will üardly do to ay tbat wo ure tlius strong wheu the loss met witli occurröd duiinj; a reireat The c.iuse ot tbin ibameful diaater ia siugle and plain. Gen. Pope's heailquar[era wei e not and uever bad been guaníed. To surprise wat as ea-y as to find theui The rebels kuew 'he tact. It was hits headquarters that they proclaimed theniselves to be in seareb of. They fouiid thoin, ransacked them as they pleased, and went away in safety. There is 110 d"ubt upon t Lis point. Acorrespond ht of the Tribune says : ' Probahly the whole m glit have been saved, and the attack repnlsed if tlnre had been pioktoa or even sentr ea about the camp. Bul there has not bem a gntirtlnvrnntinj al heaJqutrtcr since Gen. Pope t.efiell, a piece of earelesness for whieh he has piid 11 heavy penalty." The raid ou the flank of our Peninsular army ia notcomp.irulle to th 8. That, as wo know by private letters receivéd a weck b'jfore it occurred, was expectcd and preparetl for. OuMnilitary sto-es were withdrawn, the rebels left to an iilinost bootless pluader, and prepa rations wero begini for the sMatogic moveinent which re-ulted in leavng no exposed point open to t!ie at-:iijk of the enemy. If Gen. McClellau's heildqu&rters had been the objoct of their raid, and uil his papers had been Bcized, it would hae been a terrible loss- but by no meana iiqual to this, for hia army whs ;;aw fffecti!;11 a. jnnction with Gen. Popc'i, as Gi-11. HuniBide's had already done, and the voluininous messages wliieh must have passed between them were also bornii o tl by the enemy, aud reveal the nunibers, condition, and situat oo ot Gen. MeClflIau's anuy as conipletely us the tnuster and copies of the dispatclus to Washington reveal the iiumbers and situution of Geu. Pope'ö. The fiillowinjf in an extract trom au nddressby Archbishop Hughes, recently delivered : I do nu', know trhaft niay happen in cae thia WHr nhould continua as it ba been snee I left t Vi jij unufttry. Tho pkpers I'iivö reudüied the condriofl of the country peifectfy wnilmd It i very d'ffiouit fr one even luquainted wilh thU counirv tu cmoprehend bow ihe i luiid'iex; nnd so ït is wih toreineH Nor is it in uny one's power to sy wilh absolute certainty what niay happen if iliis vv;ir continue, Whiit is the prospecta of its cominsi to an end' I do nut see any prtiport. There does not nppear to be an Irtaue, i.nd !t iniv Se that God, fui1 some dea) oí His own, whioh futuro generatlons will ippr ciüti', na pertuilted ibw calmuity to j-couru the ooilhiry in 01 der lo bring Innn these resuUl ben fii to the hole buman r ce. These me circuinstanced the resuits of whioh no man can fnthom, they depend upon o ninny condidonkl circuiiiUincfs But there is one question that oiijfht to be c.le:ir to everv ujind, and it is this - that if puch a wurlare i-hould continue lor y;irs, il is tic gnized the privilege f uther Hal "Ut, in tlie nnnr of humnnit y to t ry tu ut itn nl to it T' e penife ihimtilotë ii nul '( put an end In it wtli as liitlv dtai 4 pmtihe. It ;s ot u sciiui-iie lliul hui vir-i ed tliin Dution ilone Wul'l h;ive been from tho lginning of tho workl, nationa ii;iinst nationn, and ihut most terrilila if uil wars, i ivil wur, i:i hich brother is ar ruyexJ aiiiiiMs! brothur, llow lontj is thi to go on ? As i' rnü ii i is uffordiujl a rett-Xt for ali ihu nutions tu uoinláne tsjiinst u; even then, I say tieir imterferrnct ihrmlê viit he permitirá, 'XC'pt in the wny of hentviilira ; hut ij with the swurd, we shunhl umte in settttig ttem at tiefiattct I woiild sav it ih V dn iiitelfere and in'tc! feie Hiiceessf'ully - if the coilQtry and tiie (fiivuiniuent aie not mis tiiint'd by every s:iclilice that is nscts.-arv, then yonr Unileil States becnjna t Politnd Then it uill become (fivided iuto frujrmautH ; then the tnf will liover on il! tlio border-; everv State II daiin to be rad-pölldeut, and rendt-r tself an easy pr. y l l'raitru power, Üli! lut tiiis not be so. I know ittle of what has occurred sincu I It.-ft. I nave sc.irculy tuno to look at m paper hinca iny return ; but by till HUtfOUntM tniiuh has boen attompted, but pot cuucfa reulized tnwards teriuinattny ttiis unnatural Wal, 'oliinleern have been appealed to and they have ansivered the :ippe .1 ; but for my own part, if I had a voice in the counciU of the nation, I WOllld eay, let tuluntccrs continue and the drnfl In made. It three hnndred tliousand more be called upi'i), o thal the urmv, in its lullness of dtrenjiih, nhall be aiuays on hand lu any eiiieruency. 'lhis is not cruel v this is iutfroy ; this is luimanity- anythitrg that will [ut au eu I to this dratfglinjj; ol human blood ucrcuw thu whule Hurface of the country. l hen everv man, rich and poor, uill hava to take his e liare ; ai,d it iititfht nirt to be Idft to iho uovuriimeiit lo pload with the H'ople, to ;all npon Iliein to come forwai'd, and to ask i' they vill petmi' themselvi'S to be draf ed. N"J but the people themoelves should ltiáist up011 bving dralted, and tliii unnatural stril'e to a close. O. er etlor.a will bt) made on the other tkje, and ho c;u blamc thoui, sinct! thev hive casi their die on the issue. 13u', any way, this slow, waste of humutl life (ihuuld be cut hort. In the meanwhile it is nnogfa lor ns to ween over this calarnity; it isenoufjh for us to ptay lo God that it be brouih'. to un end. It is emnigh for us to rr.ako Naniice cl i-verylhiifj to su-tain the power und the aulhurity, and the nnitv of the only g.iverriment that ve iroloss to ncknowledffe. Bilt it is not neeessary to hato our opponent, nor to be cruel in the buttle ; it is necessary lo hu brave, to be patriotic - to do that is what the C'UütrV needs, and for this God will give us his blesi-ing as u ucouipeno for dischal".'in}i our duty ithout violating .ny ju.-l laws, divine or human.


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