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"The Fate of Guerrillas"

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May 17, 1862, page 307 (1)

The fall of New Orleans is evidently felt by the rebels to be the direst wound they have yet received. "This is a heavy blow," says the Richmond Dispatch; "it is useless to deny it." But toward the end of the article the paper waxes more hopeful, and it concludes with the cheerful remark that "thus far his (the national) success is scarcely a disadvantage to us." The Petersburg Express declares that "the ways of God are mysterious, and He directs the affairs of men so as often to lead them to consider an event calamitous which afterward proves the happiest that could have occurred for their welfare." The Atlanta Intelligencer says, "Memphis, we apprehend, will share the fate of New Orleans. To delude ourselves with any other hope is now a folly." They all agree that our gun-boats are irresistible; that wherever they can be used the Government will restore its sway; that the case of rebels is unpromising, but yellow fever may do something to help them against us; and that at last they must take to the bush and carry on a guerrilla warfare.

That will be the natural course of the more desperate—and for them General Fremont’s method of treatment in Western Virginia will be the surest. Two men taken in the act of such warfare have been sentenced to death, and he ahs approved the sentence.


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