revalence of vice,--drunkenness and profanity in our camps — is attributable to the officers themselves.
By far the larger number of the officers of our Southern army are both profane and hard drinkers, where they are not drunkards.
Another says: There is an appalling amount of drunkenness in our army.
More among the officers than the men. This evil is now on the increase.
A surgeon writing from the army says: I was greatly astonished to find soldiers in Virginia whom I had known in Georgia as sober, discreet citizens-members of the different churches — some deacons, and official members-even preachers, in the daily and constant habit of drinking whiskey for their health.
An officer who had visited many portions of the army gave it as his opinion that with the exception of the reverse at Fort Donelson, we were defeated not by the Federals but by whiskey.
A distinguished General is said to have remarked that if the South is overthrown, the epitaph should be Died of Whiske