Our discussion of the prison question in our March and April numbers has excited great attention, and we have been exceedingly gratified at the kind criticisms of our friends, both in the newspapers and in numbers of private letters which we have received.
We have been told by those whose opinions are indeed worth having, and whose names, were it proper to give them, would be considered the highest endorsation, that the facts, figures and documents which we have presented are an end to the argument, and place the conduct of the Confederacy
in a perfectly impregnable position.
We have seen no attempt on the part of the Northern
press to refute our argument, although we took pains to send it to all of the leading papers and magazines.
The New York Tribune
had a rather ill-natured criticism, in which it virtually admits the truth of what we say, but represents us as disturbers of that peace and good will between the sections which all should now seek to cultivate.
And we hear a faint whisper that certain of our esteemed friends are afraid that harm to the South
will come out of this defence of our people.
We have only to say in reply that we
did not reopen the question; that we have simply refuted slanders which have been suffered to go so long unanswered that in breaking forth afresh they “run riot over both facts and probabilities;” and that if our calm, temperate reply to these long persisted in attempts to blacken the name and character of our Confederate Government and people shall alienate “friends at the North
,” it will only prove that their friendship is bound to us by so brittle a thread that it is scarcely worth an effort to preserve it.
If “friends” are alienated by the proof that Confederates were not the cold-blooded murderers, the fiends incarnate that partisan fanatics have represented, then the sooner we get rid of such “friends” the better.
the demand for our papers on “The Treatment of Prisoners during the War
between the States” has induced us to put them in more permanent form, and we hereby announce that we will very soon issue a neatly bound volume with the title “The Confederate View of the Treatment of Prisoners
By using without alteration the matter in our March and April numbers we will be able to send the book, postage paid, at the following very low rates:
|Cloth binding||$1 25|
|Half Morocco||$1 50|
|Half Calf||$1 75|
We beg that our friends will send in their orders promptly, and that they will exert themselves to circulate the book, and especially to put a copy in public libraries North and South.
Let the vindication of our Confederate Government be placed where posterity can see it.