A terrible Parson in battle.--We have about come to the conclusion that the war correspondents for the Southern
papers can beat those of the North
A correspondent of the Memphis Appeal
“ Parson Rippetoe
, a Methodist preacher, and captain of a Virginia company, performed prodigies of valor at the first taking of Sherman
's battery, (for it was taken, then lost, then again taken.) He cut the throats of the horses, and then engaged Lieutenant Sherman
in a hand-to-hand conflict with sabres.
After a ten minutes fight — both being accomplished swordsmen-he severed Sherman's head from his body at one blow.”
We had a pleasant conversation with General Sherman
in our office on Monday last, and he did not appear to be aware that he had been beheaded.
At any rate he did not allude to the somewhat interesting event.
Possibly, however, his memory may have been affected by the operation, for we cannot suppose the Southern
parson would exaggerate.--Providence Journal