estroy their property.
It may have been a case of spontaneous combustion ; but, however originating, the fact that the fire was not extinguished was disgraceful to humanity, and although we cannot but think the vindictive promoters of the war deserved some of the misfortunes which overtook them, yet the burning of Alexandria inflicted punishment on a people by whom it was totally undeserved.
It is only fair to General Banks to give his version of the burning of Alexandria.
On the 28th of March, 1865, nearly a year after the event, in a report, wherein he seeks to justify himself for the conduct of the campaign and to throw the blame for his mismanagement on others, he says:
Rumors were circulated freely through the camp at Alexandria, that upon the evacuation of the town it would be burned.
[We never heard any such rumors.] To prevent this destruction of property, part of which belonged to loyal citizens, General Grover, commanding the post, was instructed to organize a thoro