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What Colonel Ewell says.

Colonel Ewell says respecting this letter that ‘if correctly reported the writer or his informant made mistakes, as some of its statements are supported by no known records; indeed, are directly contradicted by them. I regret I cannot deny what is said of General Ewell's profanity, but since “Uncle Toby” told that “our army in Flanders swore terribly,” armies of English-speaking people have followed the bad example. Our army in Mexico “swore terribly.” General Twiggs, that he might inspire the young volunteer officers with a suitable respect for the regulars, “swore terribly” when in their presence, and would scold his staff officers for not following his example.’

When, in 1861, General Ewell found that he had men to deal with of a different type than his old ‘regulars,’ and heeding the judicious advice given him by the Rev. Dr. Hoge, soon he began to abate the bad habit. He was a church-goer when he had the opportunity, and his skepticism did not exceed that of the average man of the world. No council of war was called by Jackson during the Pope campaign in 1862, for the only one he ever had, met March II, 1862, at Winchester, of which General Echols was a member. General Ewell was never examined by the session of any Presbyterian church, and therefore never gave his experience in the manner described, nor did he join that church. In the spring of 1863 he was confirmed by Bishop Johns at St. Paul's, Richmond, as a member of the Episcopal church.

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