Department of Bad Predictions

Published:June 11, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

This is from George William Bagby‘s “Editor’s Cable” in the June 1862 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger:

We believe that the battles before Richmond were decisive. The crisis in our destiny is past. The period of convalescence may be more or less protracted, there may be slight relapses, but the worst is over. With ordinary care and prudence, the viability of the young nation is assured beyond the reach of peradventure. Many more battles will be fought, two at least of them—that in Tennessee or Kentucky, and that upon the Rapidan—will be battles of magnitude; but never again, we think, will the enemy be able to muster so strong a front as when Jackson marched off from Hanover Court House and Hill crossed the Chickahominy. The bloodiest fighting, thank God, is over. No more will the sun set upon scenes like those in Cold Harbour and Malvern Hill. Such, at all events, is our firm conviction.

IMAGE: Battle of Malvern Hill (Library of Congress)