There may be but few persons outside of the army who are prone to credit the reports of atrocities which are perpetrated by the rebels upon the unsuspecting and innocent; but nevertheless there is much perpetrated that is almost too shocking to be brought before the public at home, of cruelties committed abroad by the rebel soldiery.
The last and most demoniacal thing brought to our notice is a small instrument invented by them to cripple the horses of our cavalry.
It is constructed of four pieces of rod-iron hardened, less than a quarter of an inch in thickness, and about two inches long.
Four of the ends are made to centre together, and they project from the middle in the form of arms.
To the extreme end of each is welded out a very sharp point.
These are intended to be sprinkled through the woods and over roads, to prevent the advance of cavalry.
No matter how thrown, one of the points will stand perpendicularly, and when the horse treads upon it, it will enter his foot and disable him on the spot.--Sullivan County Democrat