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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 7. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letter from General Hampton on the burning of Columbia. (search)
f taking up the time of the Senate in reading letters addressed not to the Senate but to individual Senators, and especially on matters pertaining to private controversies between persons not members of the Senate. Mr. Johnson moved the reference of General.Hampton's letter to the Committee on Military Affairs, or he was willing to have it lie on the table. Mr. Fessenden hoped it would not be referred or ordered to lie on the table, but that the Senate would refuse to receive it. Mr. Conness said that a man who would attempt to destroy the Government of the United States would certainly not hesitate to burn a city. He hoped the letter of Wade Hampton would not be received or considered at all by the Senate. Mr. Johnson then withdrew the letter of General Hampton. Times have changed since 1866. General Sherman, in his Memoirs published in 1875, maintains that Columbia was burned by accident and not by design, and makes this most remarkable admission [Memoirs, volume II