The New York Herald advocates recognition.
--It is so very easy for the New York Herald to shift its position, that we are never astonished when it denies in toto
on one day the assertions it has made the day before.
is still a furious war journal, yet lashes Lincoln
's Cabinet and its interesting abolition contemporaries most unmercifully.
The letter of Dr. Norval
, one of the released Federal prisoners, (an extract from which we have published,) seems to have melted Bennett
's heart, and we find the Herald
not only over flowing with sympathy for the Hessians who were left by their cowardly companions ‘"to rot in Southern jails,"’ but it comes out and squarely advocates a recognition of the Southern Confederacy!
Says the Herald
We hold that there ought to be an exchange of prisoners at once, including the crews of the privateers, who, after all, are only enemies at sea, as the Confederate
troops are enemies on land.
Many of the latter have been released by General McClellan
, in Western Virginia
, on their promise not to take up arms again against the United States Government, and some cavalry of the enemy, prisoners in Washington
, under the very eye of the Government
, have been set free on the same condition, together with an oath of allegiance, which is of very small consequence.
Why, then, hesitate to apply the same rule to the privateers?
Hanging is the worst use to which men can be put.--That the Confederates are entitled to be recognized us belligerents, they have themselves proved at Manassas,
and the best way is to candidly admit the fact, instead of standing upon a point of etiquette which is impracticable.
The British Government, when it waged war against these States, at the time that they were its subject colonies, proposed to hang the prisoners who fell into the hands of its Generals
, but Washington
, in a brief letter convinced them that this was not for their own interest, and they abandoned the idea.
The course our Government is pursuing in this matter is, as Dr. Nerval
observes, ‘"hostile to every principle of civilized warfare"’ The old idea of hanging men for political of fences if now obsolete, and when we have succeeded in putting down the rebellion, the Union
will be restored more by our humanity than even by our arms.