Albert Sidney Johnston

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Albert Sidney Johnston - THE VICTORY IN TENNESSEE. After the darkness,...
THE VICTORY IN TENNESSEE. After the darkness, morning comes. The night of cur disasters has passed, and tbe sua of victory bas begun to dawn on the armies of freedom. Its glories fast illumine ' the battlefield of Tennessee, bat they will henceforth henceforth soffer no eel! pee. Clouds my possibly possibly dim their lustre for a transient moment, moment, ae the celeetial -orb -orb sometimes suffers a momentary eclipse, but ita march is upward, henceforth, until the effulgence fills the whole land, and diMloMS to all eyes Southern Independence, Independence, nnconquered and unconquerable. I tie wit& Inexpressible Joy that we announce, through our numerous dispatches from the seat of war, the repulse and dispersion ef the Federal army of invasion in Tennessee. The details are wanting,' but the vsetory of Southern Southern arms is complete, and, we may venture to say, decisive. The grand expedition is broken broken np, if not entirely destroyed. The whole elaborate plan of the western campaign, to which all things else were subsidiary, is baffled, baffled, and the gigantic preparations with which it was sent forward, to cloee the war by a mighty stroke at once, are lost to the enemy. enemy. All that he has won through the last t wo months of exulting advances, is lost, and more than loet; for with the failure of the easy success which he promised himself, comes the terrible reaction in his own interior affairs the reactionary exhaustion from the spasmodic efforts put forward as the assurance of eaeape from interminable war and insupportable taxation. This is the least of the advantages which the victory of Shileh, as Gen. Beauregard has entitled the triumph in Tennessee, promises promises to the arms and the caase of the Confederates. Confederates. It is a rebound from depression, which declares indomitable courage and irrepressible irrepressible energy. To their enemies it is a collapse of unnatural effort, which cannot be repeated. It is a day to be remembered with Saratoga and Yorktown, and it has added lustre to names which will be immortal in history, as the heroes who stemmed the tide of adverse fortune at its height, and bore the banners of Freedom on to victory. Our dispatches say that Gen. Beauregard bas given to this battle the name of Ski loan the battle , of Shiloh. It is thought that the designation is derived from some local name of a place near whioh the aetion was fonitht. But there is a eiirnincance in the name worth preserving. Shiloh in the scriptures, as the name of a place, means peace. In another form it means messenger, and is among tbe Hebrews applied to the expected messenger of peace. It is an accidental coincidence which we pray may be prophetio of the termination of this war by the incessant repetition of the victories with which the lion hearted soldiery of the South will pursue the invaders of their soil, the would-be would-be would-be assassins of their liberties. Bnt while our hearts are full of proud emotions, emotions, joy and gratitude, over the glorious and the auspicious omens of the day, there is one saddening thought, that while it invites the resentment which the wicked authors of this war have kindled in every Southern heart, cannot be repressed. In the hour of victory, many Southern soldiers have sealed their faith in their own blood, as martyrs to a holy cause. Tney died nobly, and their memories memories are cherished among the richest inheritances inheritances of the country they have saved. Upon this list no name will shine more brightly or purely than that of Albert Sidney Johnston, the Commanding General, who fell in the very hour of victory. His laat thoughts, as the bullet which slew him left him but an instant for that inconceivable flood of thoughts whioh precedes the passage of the soul from the body into the realms of infinite infinite knowledge, must have been ineffably consoled by the conviotion that he was leaving a name from which all clouds were dispersed; and that, in the annals which relate the glory of the origin of a great confederacy of prosperous States, his name will be written forever as one of the purest, the bravest, the noblest of its founders. This is something for a good soldier to die for. There are hundreds of thousands who regret that A. Sidney Johnston could not have lived to enjoy his triumph in the love and plaudits of his countrymen.

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 08 Apr 1862, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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