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[190] soldier or officer of equal rank, who was no spy, by way of retaliation. By this code, the United States Government were required to deliver all the Confederate prisoners captured, while the Confederate Government should be permitted to retain any prisoners they chose, and condemn them to execution, or otherwise maltreat them.

So far as the treatment of prisoners while confined in the Confederate military prisons is concerned, I have carefully refrained from saying anything, and I have written this chapter only to vindicate the truth of history.

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