--We owe an apology to the universal Yankee nation for some excessive compliments we have paid them during the present war. We have given them credit for a degree of ferocity unparalleled in modern warfare; but this was founded entirely on their own declarations and menaces, publicly proclaimed in the streets of New York, more than on the actual fulfillment of their threats.
They have been barbarous and brutal enough; but candor compel us to declare that the Lincolnites of the South
have thrown their Yankee allies completely in the shade.
In demoniac malignity, Breckinridge
, of Kentucky
, has thrown Beecher
, of New York, far into the shade, whilst the worst performances of Billy Wilson
's Zouaves have not equalled the unheard-of cruelty which the Lincolnites are said to have lately practiced in Kentucky
nailing one of their prisoners through the hands and flesh before putting him to death ! The late exemplary John Brown
, who used to entertain his leisure moments in Kansas
By cutting off the thumbs and fingers of Southern men, was the nearest approach which the North
has made to such a proceeding of cruelty.
The only actual hanging which has thus far occurred in any section is that which is spied to have taken place in Northwestern Virginia
There can be no doubt that the little knot of traitors in the South
are more malignant in their vindictiveness than the worst of our Northern enemies, and that in face of the fact that not the hair of the hand of any Union man has been touched, who has submitted quietly to the authority which has a right to his allegiance.