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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Cursory sketch of the campaigns of General Bragg. (search)
dent, Bragg was, in one sense of the term, an executive officer, and the law of Congress making it a death penalty to run cotton through the lines had by him, as a good and true officer, to be rigidly enforced, regardless of its propriety in the abstract. When caught in the act the accused was given the benefit of a trial before a court-martial, and if found guilty, and the proceedings in other respects being regular, he invariably received the punishment awarded. The pithy maxim of Talleyrand, nothing succeeds like success, is a vulgar and ofttimes an erroneous criterion. Concede the applicability of such a test to the relative valor, generalship and military character of the Northern and Southern armies, during the war, and we exalt the soldiers of the North above all precedent and consign the unequalled valor of the Southern soldiery to reproach, instead of the deathless fame which shall survive them. To such a judgment every battle-field of the war gives emphatic and ind