An interesting contribution to the literature of the Civil War
is an account of the burning of Chambersburg
written by Mr. Fielder C. Slingluff
, of the law firm of Slingluff
He was present at the destruction of the town as a member of the First Maryland Cavalry, and his account is, accordingly, from the standpoint of a Confederate soldier.
For 25 years Mr. Slingluff
's narrative has been tucked away in archives, which gives it added historic interest.
The account of the event is in the form of a letter to Mr. Ephraim Hiteshew
, of Chambersburg, Pa.
, who prevailed upon Mr. Slingluff
to write it in connection with some reminiscences compiled by Mr. Hoke
, of Chambersburg
The letter telling of the destruction which Mr. Singluff
has permitted to be published, is as follows: