From the Richmond Examiner, 6/29/1864
TOO POLITE. – The other day a Confederate officer, in the
uniform of his rank, and in command of a guard detailed to conduct a batch of
Yankee prisoners to the Libby, quite overcame the officers in charge by his
exceeding urbanity to the prisoners. When about leaving them he stepped up, bid
several “Good bye,” with a “Well, fellows, take care of yourselves; sorry
for you, but hope you will soon be exchanged.” Now the men thus addressed were
representative specimens of the man-murdering, woman ravishing, house-burning,
thieving, plundering army of Grant, who are cavorting over the fair fields of
Virginia, leaving as much wreck, ruin and desolation behind them as possible.
And yet a Confederate officer finds it in his heart to address such pitiful
language to them. If his name can be discovered, he ought to be broken of his
commission and sent to keep them company.
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