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we give them again in the form in which they were presented by Honorable B. H. Hill in his masterly reply to Mr. Blaine. Mr. Hill said: Now, will the gentleman believe testimony from the dead? The Bible says, The tree is known by its fruits. An been made by the Radical press to discredit these figures, and it has been charged that Jeff. Davis manufactured them for Hill's use. But with ample time to prepare his rejoinder, and all of the authorities at hand, Mr. Blaine did not dare to deny ribe poor Wirz to save his own life by swearing away the life of Mr. Davis, who was then in irons at Fortress Monroe. Mr. Hill thus strongly puts it: Now, sir, there is another fact. Wirz was put on trial, but really Mr. Davis was the man intchade is confirmed by the following extract from the Cycle, of Mobile, Alabama: In the brief report of the speech of Mr. Hill in Congress on Monday last, copied in another place, it will be observed that he refers to a statement made by Captain W
B. G. H. Kean (search for this): chapter 3.18
(for the benefit of readers in other sections; it is entirely unnecessary in this latitude), that Mr. Kean is now Rector of the University of Virginia, and is an accomplished scholar and a high-toned Christian gentleman, whose lightest word may be implicitly relied upon. Mr. Kean has sent us the following letter, which, though hastily written and not designed for publication, gives so clear a history of this report that we shall take the liberty of publishing it in full: Letter of Hon. B. G. H. Kean, Chief clerk of the Confederate war Department. Lynchburg, Va., March 22, 1876. Rev. J. William Jones, Secretary Southern Historical Society: My Dear Sir-Yours of the 20th is received this A. M., and I snatch the time from the heart of a busy day to reply immediately, because I feel that there is no more imperious call on a Confederate than to do what he may to hurl back the vile official slanders of the Federal Government at Washington in 1865, when Holt, Conover & Co., with a
mplaints. And I feel a conviction that the truth will one day be vindicated; that, having reference to relative resources, Federal prisoners were more humanely dealt with in Confederate hands than Confederate prisoners were in Federal hands. It was their interest, on a cold-blooded calculation, to stop exchanges when they did it-and as soon as it was their interest, they did it without scruple or mercy. The responsibility of the lives lost at Andersonville rests, since July, 1864, on General Meredith, Commissary-General of Prisoners, and (chiefly) on Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. No one of sound head or heart would now hold the Northern people responsible for these things. The blood is on the skirts of their then rulers; and neither Mr. Garfield nor Mr. Blaine can change the record. I never heard that there was any particular suffering at Libby or Belle Isle, and do not believe there was. Crowded prisons are not comfortable places, as our poor fellows found at Fort Delawa
J. A. Campbell (search for this): chapter 3.18
ctor-General. Not content with this, Colonel Chandler testifies that he went to the War Office himself, and had an interview with the Assistant Secretary, J. A. Campbell, who then wrote below General Cooper's endorsement the following: These reports show a condition of things at Andersonville, which calls very loudly for the interposition of the Department, in order that a change may be made. J. A. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War. Thus was the horrible condition of things at Andersonville brought home to the Secretary of War, one of the confidential advisers of the President, who was daily in consultation with him. If all was being donproper food for when sick, nor medicines, save such as we could smuggle into our ports or manufacture from the plants of Southern growth, I took the report to Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War, and told him of the horrors it disclosed. He read it, and made on it an endorsement substantially the same quoted, and carried i
Father Boyle (search for this): chapter 3.18
rz had made important disclosures to General L. C. Baker, the well known detective, implicating Jefferson Davis, and that the confession would probably be given to the public. On the same evening some parties came to the confessor of Wirz, Rev. Father Boyle, and also to me as his counsel, one of them informing me that a high Cabinet officer wished to assure Wirz that if he would implicate Jefferson Davis with atrocities committed at Andersonville, his sentence would be commuted. The messenger requested me to inform Wirz of this. In presence of Father Boyle I told Wirz next morning what had happened. Hear the reply: Captain Wirz simply and quietly replied: Mr. Schade, you know that I have always told you that I do not know anything about Jefferson Davis. He had no connection with me as to what was done at Andersonville. I would not become a traitor against him or anybody else, even to save my life. Sir, what Wirz, within two hours of his execution, would not say for his
A. C. Myers (search for this): chapter 3.18
cusable cruelty to prisoners. The popular version of this letter is as follows: Confederate States of America, war Department, Richmond, Virginia, March 21, 1863. My Dear Sir — If the exigencies of our army require the use of trains for the transportation of corn, pay no regard to the Yankee prisoners. I would rather they should starve than our own people suffer. I suppose I can safely put it in writing, Let them suffer. Very truly, your faithful friend, Ro. Ould. Colonel A. C. Myers. Judge Ould says that he does not remember ever to have written such a letter, and we have searched his letter-book (in which he was accustomed to have all of his letters copied) in vain for the slightest trace of it. We might simply demand the production of the original letter. But Judge Ould thinks it possible that in one of his many contests with Confederate quartermasters in the interest of Federal prisoners he may have complained that transportation was not promptly furnish
D. T. Chandler (search for this): chapter 3.18
his command, have considerably improved. D. T. Chandler, Aisistant Adjutant and Inspector-Generalsue, and I so telegraphed General Winder. Colonel Chandler's recommendations are coincided in. By of, or had his attention been called to, Colonel Chandler's report when he promoted General Winder? character. Mr. Davis not only never saw Colonel Chandler's report, but absolutely never heard of iOffice was shown me — the report of Lieutenant-Colonel Chandler of his inspection of the post at Annded by making an issue of veracity with him (Chandler); that he (C.) had promptly demanded a court e action of the Confederate Government on Colonel Chandler's report was. Judge Ould attended, and Gelt, was prepared to state that as soon as Colonel Chandler's report was presented to Mr. Seddon, thehe controversy between General Winder and Colonel Chandler was never brought to an investigation, foenly. I never saw any reason to consider Colonel Chandler's report wilfully injurious to General Wi[10 more...]
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d all doubt that the officers at Andersonville were the fiends incarnate that Northern hatred pictures them to be, there is not one scintilla of proof that the Government at Richmond ordered, approved or in any way countenanced their atrocities. It is not, therefore, necessary for our purpose that we should go into any Defence of General Winder. And yet, as an act of simple justice to the memory of this officer, we give the following letters: Sabot Hill, December 29, 1875. Mr. W. S. Winder, Baltimore: Dear Sir — Your letter reached me some two weeks since, and I have been prevented by serious indisposition from giving it an early reply. I take pleasure in rendering my emphatic testimony to relieve the character and reputation of your father, the late General John H. Winder, from the unjust aspersions that have been cast upon them in connection with the treatment of the Federal prisoners under his charge during our late civil war. I had, privately and officially,
Robert Ould (search for this): chapter 3.18
r of law, was legitimate in that cause. Colonel Robert Ould and General J. E. Mulford, therefore, weneral Mulford promptly communicated this to Judge Ould, and he to Mr. Seddon; that immediately therneral Winder's explanations, Mr. Seddon sent Judge Ould to tell the Federal Agent of Exchange of thegoing was written we have seen a letter from Judge Ould, in the Saint Louis Globe-Democrat, which soeceive some of the best material I ever saw. Ro. Ould, Agent of Exchange. Brigadier-General Winderetter which purports to have been written by Judge Ould during the war, and which has been widely cisuffer. Very truly, your faithful friend, Ro. Ould. Colonel A. C. Myers. Judge Ould says Judge Ould says that he does not remember ever to have written such a letter, and we have searched his letter-book (d the production of the original letter. But Judge Ould thinks it possible that in one of his many ction of feeding the prisoners, for with that Judge Ould had nothing to do; and he defies the product[4 more...]
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that in the then state of things it was impossible to spare officers of suitable rank — so many were prisoners that the supply in the field was insufficient, or to that effect — and Colonel Chandler was so informed, either by me in person or by letter. This endorsement of mine, dated in October, 1864, was the thing which connected me with the report, and caused me to be summoned to Washington to trace it into the hands of the Secretary of War. The effort was assiduously made by Colonel L. R. Chipman, the Judge-Advocate of the Wirz Commission, to show by me that this report was seen by President Davis, but that effort failed, because I knew nothing on that subject. This was substantially all that I knew of my own knowledge, and so was competent to prove as a witness, in respect to the report. But very much more came to my knowledge as hearsay, not competent legally, yet as credible as what I knew directly. My observations, during the several days I was in attendance and watching
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