Southern men to be handcuffed and used as a breastwork.
--One of the prisoners captured at Manassas
was asked concerning the handcuffs taken by our forces when the enemy retreated so ingloriously from the field.
The prisoner said that he did not know certainly, but the understanding in his camp was that they were intended for such Southerners as were captured between Manassas
; and expecting that the rebels would make a decisive stand at Richmond
, it was rumored that these captured Southerners were to be put, handcuffed, in front of their (the United States
soldiers') lines, and thus to make a breastwork of them, that the rebel army would be forced first to fire upon and kill their own friends!--Fred. Herald.