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The late Vice-President Stephens said that when he was sent to Richmond to induce Virginia, after her secession, to cast in her fortunes with the Southern Confederacy, he found an able, zealous and very influential coadjutor in General Lee.

In his address at the great ‘Lee Memorial’ meeting in Richmond, in November, 1870, President Davis said, among other eloquent utterances: ‘Here he now sleeps, in the land he loved so well, and that land is not Virginia only, for they do injustice to Lee who believe he fought only for Virginia. He was ready to go anywhere, on any service, for the good of his country, and his heart was as broad as the fifteen States struggling for the principles that our forefathers fought for in the Revolution of 1776.’

And those whose privilege it was to hear the great chieftain talk most freely of the cause for which he fought, bear the most emphatic testimony that it was ‘the independence of the South,’ ‘the triumph of constitutional freedom,’ for which he struggled so nobly. His letters also are filled with expressions which show beyond cavil that R. E. Lee was as loyal to the flag of the Confederacy as to that of his native State--as true to all of the States of the Confederacy as to the one in which he had ‘a local habitation and a name.’ Two Witnesses on Prison Mortality at Elmira.

We should have printed before this the following letter but for the pressure upon our pages:

Dear Sir,—I was captured near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va., May 19th, 1864, and carried to Point Lookout, where I remained until July 4, 1864, when I was transferred to Elmira, New York. While there I was employed in the prison hospital. Dr. E. F. Sanger, Surgeon in charge of the hospital, showed me great kindness, for which I have ever been grateful. During a recent visit to Bangor, Maine, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Doctor, and while conversing with him the subject of the mortality among the prisoners, both North and South, came up. I asked Dr. Sanger whether or not he had a record of the percentage of deaths at the hospital in Elmira. He told me that he had, and kindly allowed me to copy from his journal the following figures:


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