Notes and Queries.
How many Confederate towns did the enemy burn during the war?As General Sherman chose to raise some time ago the question of the “Conduct of the war,” and to try to make it appear that the Federals were humane and civilized, and the Confederates cruel and barbarous — as Northern “historians” are accustomed to write in the same strain — and as even some of our own people, in their eager desire for peace and fraternity, seemed disposed to smooth over the matter and admit that one side was about as bad as the other, we propose to vindicate the truth of history and bring out some of the orders issued on both sides, and some of the details of their execution. We shall not allow the fair name of our people to be smirched without an indignant protest. Meantime we are glad to print the following from our friend, Rev. Horace E. Hayden, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.:
Did the Confederates ever capture a flag of the regular army?The following seems to us an incredible statement, and we give it, that we may secure replies from those in position to know the facts:
Admiral Preble says in his history of the flag: “I am informed from the War Department, Washington, there is no record of any flags or flag having been captured by the rebels from the regiments in the Regular Army, and it is believed that none were captured by them.”