for thus affording us an explanation of many other most marvellous statements in his very remarkable book.
He makes a grave charge against a gallant gentleman, whom he professes to admire and respect, on no higher authority than mere ‘Camp rumor
,’ and adheres to a slander against the same gentleman, on the same veracious authority, notwithstanding we have shown that it is morally impossible that the charge can be true.
Then, of course, when we read some of the other marvellous statements in General Doubleday
's book, we know exactly how to account for them.
He got them not from official reports, field returns, or other reliable evidence, but from his trusted authority, ‘Camp rumor
,’ and her ally, the ‘Grape-vine telegraph
This being understood.
’ will soon sink into its merited oblivion.
But as cumulative evidence of the utter falsity of the slander to which General Doubleday
still adheres, we give the following statement of the Rev. Theodore Gerrish
, (now pastor of the First Methodist Church, Bangor, Maine
, but during the war a gallant soldier in the Twentieth Maine Regiment,) author of ‘Reminiscences of the War
In a letter to the Secretary
, dated March 16th, 1883, Mr. Gerrish
‘One of my church members, a very reliable gentleman, whose address is W. H. Moore
, Cumberland street, Bangor
, was formerly a member of the Ninty-Seventh New York Regiment, which, at Gettysburg
, was in Robinson
's Division of the First Corps.
He was wounded on the third day and taken to a hospital in the rear.
was brought to the same hospital and placed beside him. Brother Moore had never read the discussions of General Doubleday
's statements about General Armistead
, but when I learned that he saw General A., I asked him what opinion he formed of the General
from what words he heard him utter.
He replied that all who saw him there were strongly impressed upon two points in the General's character: 1.
An intense, all-consuming desire for the Confederates
to win the battle.
2. To die like a soldier.
Brother Moore scouts the idea of General Armistead
's making use of any such language as General Doubleday
attributes to him. I have given you the substance of his statement, and you can put it into any form or make any use of it you may see fit.’
With thanks to Mr. Gerrish
and Mr. Moore
for their generous defence