So say our telegraph dispatches. If this be true, where will the rebels rally? Richmond and Norfolk cannot long withstand an attack of the Federal forces. There has been no fight at Corinth, and it is possible there may be none. The fact of it is, the Southern Confederacy is not fighting at this juncture for vitality, but its leaders are contending simply that they themselves may escape. The rebellion is virtually dead, the rebels scattered; they can never again concentrate in sufficient force to contend with any show against the Federal troops. Yorktown evacuated, Gloucester is ours, gunboats going up York river, McClellan pushing the enemy to the wall, soon Richmond, the capital of the rebel league, will be hours and the stars and stripes again wave over the ancient dominion.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, May 6, 1862, p. 2