Miles's Pitiful plea.
The comments of the press quite excited General Miles
, and he, in a confidential communication to the Assistant Adjutant-General
, said: ‘* * * I regret to say that I think Surgeon Cooper
is entirely under the influence of Mr.Davis
and Mrs. Davis
, the former of whom has the happy faculty that a strong mind has over a weaker to mould it to agree with its views and opinions.
's wife is a secessionist and one of the F. F. V.'s of this State.
He is exceedingly attentive to Mrs. Davis
, escorting her to Norfolk
and back, and yesterday he had a private interview with Davis
and Messrs. O'Connor
To-day the four were together at the doctor's house.’
It is patent that this stab in the back was intended to misrepresent the intention of an honorable medical officer, who could be fair and just to a prisoner, so as to justify the vilefier's own despicable conduct.
Public indignation not only spread over the whole South
, but reached to such a degree in the North
that the newspapers were emboldened to denounce the tortures of Jefferson Davis
in scathing terms.