And I said then and have ever since said in speaking of our guards—the Twenty-fifth Alabama Infantry—that I never met the same number of men together who came much nearer to my standard of what I call gentlemen.
They were respectful, humane, and soldierly.
We were organized into squads of ninety, and I soon discovered that the young sergeant in charge of our squad was a fine young fellow.
I shall refer to him more explicitly farther on.
I have read Richardson, Kellogg, Urban, Spencer and Grisby, on Andersonville, the most of it recently, and I was and am surprised at the free-lance recklessness of description.
Let us first discuss the topographical selection of the Andersonville site for a prison camp.
I realize that this phase of the question has been reverted to and minutely described every five or six years, since Richardson first gave his views to the public, early in the autumn of 1865.
The selection of the site was excellent.
I do not propose to dila