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The burning of Chambersburg.
From Pennsylvania-German, July, 1909.
note.—This article, published in the Baltimore American, March 28, 1909, and written by Lieut. Fielder C. Slingluff, who was a member of the First Maryland Cavalry, C. S. A., and is now a prominent lawyer, citizen, clubman and churchman of Baltimore, Md., was sent for publication by Captain Frederick M. Colston, of the same place.
The letter, beside the following: As an act of simple justice and for historical accuracy, I ask you to publish this, as an addenda to the Rev. Dr. Seibert's account of the burning of Chambersburg, contained a clipping from the Baltimore Sun of April 26, 1909, as follows:
Sheridan, like Sherman, indulged his proclivities for pillage and destruction only after the last vestige of Confederate military organization had vanished from his front, and it was on a people incapable of armed resistance that vengeance was wreaked.
Some idea of the pitiless and wanton devastation wrought in
Affidavit of Supervisors of Co. C, 149th regiment. Pa. Vols.
State of Pennsylvania, County of Lebanon—ss.
Personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Edward L. Manderbach, William H. Reigart, John Schaeffer, Lorenzo Blecker, Adam Loose and Henry W. Moyer, who being duly affirmed according to law, do depose and say, that they were present in the first Day's Fight, at Gettysburg, and that the regimental colors were never again returned to the custody of the Company after being sent out into the field north of the pike and planted by a rail-pile to the left of the left front of the regiment, and that there, at said rail-pile, was the last we saw of them.
Affirmed and subscribed before me, this 25th day of May, A. D. , 1907. H. S. Gockley, Justice of the Peace. Edward L. Manderbach, William H. Reigart, John Schaeffer, Lorenzo Blecker, Adam Loose, Henry W. Moyer.
These accounts harmonize so completely as to leave them free from all doubt