Making a Clean Breast of it.
--A correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial
, writing from Harrodsburg, Ky.
, acknowledges fully the system of lying resorted to by the Yankees
and calls for a reform, or Providence
will never be for them.
He also tells the truth about the Wild Cat
fight and the Union
men of Tennessee
Harrodsburg, Nov. 1.
--I notice in your paper of the 29th ult., that you complain that our party has been injuring our cause by false hood and misrepresentation, and I, sir, agree with you, and I am now led to believe that many of our reverses and misfortunes are attributable to such misrepresentations and falsehoods.
I don't believe that Providence
will be with us or our cause, so long as we continue so dishonest a course.
I believe that honesty is the best policy, and I do hope in future we may have as near the truth as it may be possible to get at it.
I have risen from my bed, (where I am confined from a wound received in the fight, or skirmish at Camp Wild Cat,) to say to you, that of the many accounts I have seen and heard of that fight, not one of them have given the naked truth, and to make a short story of it, the loss on each side was about equal.
I think, perhaps, we had a few less killed than the rebels, because we had the advantage in fighting behind our breastworks, but we had more wounded somehow, and they got a good many of our men as prisoners; whether they took them, or they went over to them voluntarily, I am not positively certain, but I have the best reason to believe they deserted us, and I tell you plainly, and you may tell our friends, that Tennessee
and Kentucky Union men won't do to depend on certain.
I don't mean to say that all are false, but we may bid farewell to the Union
if we depend on them to sustain it. The best of them are lukewarm, while the Secessionists are more desperate than h--11, and stop at nothing to carry their point.
I have made these statements as I believe for the good of the cause.
You can make what use you please of them; and you will believe them or not; but if time don't convince our people that Kentucky
and Tennessee Union men won't do, then I will be agreeably disappointed.