How they treat prisoners of war at the North.
--We have on several occasions alluded to the manner in which Southern men, who fall into the hands of the enemy, are treated, and have as often urged the doctrine of retaliation.
We now call the attention of our authorities to a brief statement of facts, in relation to an officer of the Confederate Navy. Acting Lieutenant A. G. Hudgins
, of the Confederate steamer ‘"Sumter
,"’ has been confined in the ‘"Tombs,"’ New York, in a cell 9 feet long.
was the first midshipman from Virginia
who resigned from the U. S. Naval Academy on the 4th of March--He immediately went South and offered his services to Secretary Mallory
, who promptly commissioned him in the Confederate
Ordered to report in New Orleans, he ran the blockade of the Brooklyn
on the 20th June.Being sent in charge of one of the prizes captured by the ‘"Sumter
,"’ he himself, with prize crew, was taken by one of the U. S. steamers, and has been incarcerated in a felon's cell since the 22d of July. He is a regular commissioned officer of the C. S. Navy, and our Government should demand his release or exchange, in default of which double punishment should be inflicted upon those now in our hands.
It is high time that the enemy were made to know that we have the power and the will to retaliate.
It is understood that the Confederate Government has the matter under consideration.
The facts in the above statement are vouched for.