As General W. T. Sherman
is so fond of coming to the front in denunciation of Confederate leaders and Confederate methods and motives in the conduct of the war, we feel called upon to put on record from time to time the truth about his
methods of warfare, and instead of imitating his example and dealing in reckless assertions, we have generally sustained our arraignment by the most unimpeachable official records.
We were, however, induced to publish in our issue of Match, 1884, a ‘Letter from one of Sherman's Bummers
,’ which we received from a responsible source, and the authenticity of which we had no reason to question.
But we have the following contradiction from Colonel Stone
, formerly Assistant Adjutant
-General Army of the Cumberland
, which we cheerfully publish in our first issue after its receipt, as we are unwilling to do the slightest injustice even to the men who ‘made South Carolina
Although the letter was ‘not intended for publication,’ yet, as Colonel Stone
gives us permission to do so, we deem it best to give the letter in full.