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The Florida Disaster

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Tho public are already in possesfiorï ol the inaio fauts cónnected wifch the recent grievotw disaster to the Union arras in Florida. A thousand poor fellows have been needtessly butchered, most of theni fi'Qm uur owo citv and neighborhooë, in an expedition vliich, had it succeeded, would have done nothing toward onding ihe war, and whiph ivas set on foot Hvowedly for politicul and not for military purposes. It would ba eivsy, under the circumstances-, to conimeut in an indignant strain upon the l'ully and crinfe of tbis waste oí biood and t reas ure; but we preier to state a few facts wiiich should be kept before the country. 1. The expedition againat Florida was cscüisively tho work of Abraham Lineólo. Jt was undertaken not ouly against tho advice but without the knowledgo of' General Efnlleck und the Socretary f War. 2 It i universally conceded by military men oí all parties that Florida hns no strategie value wbatever. That the army sent to fight in or occupy tho State ís an army wastetl, as inuch so aa if it was sunk in the ea. 3. A thouaand men - more or less - have been killed or maimed to effect some object whiqh is not the overthrow of tho arnjed rebellion. A-nd f the con quust of that .State is perfoverod in it wil! be at tlio cost of many thoueands of fruitlessly butchered Union soldiers. 4. Tl;e adminiatration papers admit that tho olject of the ocoupation of tho State was political one, to restore it nominally to the Union before tho rebellion was overlhrown. These circumstances should be borne in mind, together with the significant faoth tliat Mr. Lincoln is avevvedly a candidato for re-eloction, and that his owo private ijecretary, John Hay, has been sent to ra organizo the Sta! e politically.


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