The great blow, so long talked of, and which was infallibly to place Richmond in our possession, has at length been struck. Grant moved on Thursday, the 2d corps, (Hancock's,) and the 5th, (Warren's,) being selected for the attack, while Butler made a feint on the north side of the James. Grant's object was to gain possession of the South Side Railroad, believing "that the enemy had no strong works in that direction," but "to the surprise of all," as the historian naively recounts, they were found, as usual, "strongly intrenched," with "works extending for several miles."
The upshot of it all is, that the movement is a failure, and our troops were repulsed with heavy loss. This result was evident from the dispatches of Saturday night, which represented Old Abe as astonishingly cheerful, which he always happens to be when our troops are being whipped. After the "movement," which the Chicago Tribune of Friday declred, "the most momentous undertaking of the war," the Washington people give out that it was not a movement at all, but only a reconnaissance, designed to "ascertain the position of the enemy." We need not say, it was found.
The heart sickens at these daily recitals of resultless butchery. On the altar of Lincoln's ambition fresh hecatombs of victims have been piled, and this last greatest project of the lieutenant general has proven, like its predecessors, a dead failure. Thank God, in one week comes the election. No matter how it goes, there will be no further need of sacrificing life to advance Lincoln's political interests. For there is not an intelligent man in America who does not see that these battles are fought simply and solely to make him president.