--In one of Gen. Sherman
's proclamations, he announces to the people of South Carolina
that some of the happiest years of his life have been passed in their State.
As he professes to be a gentleman as well as soldier, we do not envy his feelings on visiting with fire and sword a community which has thus contributed to his happiness.
We are astonished that he could accept the command of an expedition destined to lay waste the homes where he has been a welcome guest, and to make widows and orphans of the women and children who, through the eight years of his residence among them, made him forget that he was a stranger.
If he be the high-minded and chivalric man he is represented, he would have indignantly thrown his commission in the face of Lincoln
before he would have gone forth on such an errand.
In another proclamation, he invites the people to return to their homes and resume their usual occupations.
The people of the invaded districts will probably reply to him that they have no homes, that when a tyrant takesaway the country, he takes away the hearthstone.
The home of Carolinians is not under a Yankee flag, a Yankee Governor, and the bayonets of a Yankee despotism.
We only regret that the people of Beaufort
were not permitted to burn down their town, as they desired.
If the enemy is to understand that we are in earnest, we must make the land a desert before him. The only result of any other policy is to give him aid and comfort in his villainies.
will now be occupied by the Yankee
troops, as every other Southern town will be which falls into their hands.
If our homes are no longer to be homes for ourselves, we should not permit them to be homes for our enemies.