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[for the Richmond Dispatch.]
"Yankee Prisoners."

A Richmond journal seems highly outraged that two Southern ladies are extending their kindness to the wounded Northern prisoners, and it may disturb that humane journal to find others dissenting from such a view of the rules of honorable warfare; but I am sure most people at the South repudiate such principles of action. Certain it is, that at Charlottesville and the University, where 1,200 sick and wounded have already taxed the kind hearts of our people sufficiently, one would think the wounded prisoners have not been left to suffer, from any fear that their kind nurses might be branded as ‘"Northern sympathizers."’ On their arrival, the surgeons generously dressed the prisoners' wounds; the Professors threw open their houses and took them into their private apartments, and the citizens nobly provided them with every comfort and luxury possible to procure. The ladies, also, not holding with the sentiment that hired nurses were ‘"more than Yankees wounded had any right to expect,"’ gave their personal attention to the men who were suffering and dying in a hostile land. These ‘"pretexts of humanity"’ may be considered ‘"as amounting to an endorsation of the cause and conduct of these Northern vandals;"’ but thinking as we do, that bravery in battle should always be joined to magnanimity for a vanquished foe, we are proud to know that ‘"whilst every true woman in this community has been busy making articles of comfort and necessity for our troops"’ during many months, they are now as ready to succor those of their enemies who are thrown helpless upon their mercy.

Being women, we are not expected to know much of military regulations, but we had always supposed that a brave soldier treated his captive as he would wish to be himself treated if the chances of war had reversed their relative positions, and we are sorry to see the glory of our victory sullied by such unmanly feeling towards the conquered.

This is written from no desire to compliment our own people, who doubtless have done no more than others, but simply to correct the false impression that would be made, should such an article as that alluded to go forth as an expression of the public sentiment of Virginia, whose daughters, laboring at the hospitals, protest against it through the pen of

A Visitor.

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