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A New mode of punishment.

--A letter from Louisville, Ky., to a Cincinnati paper furnishes us the following item:

‘ In one of the camps on the Nashville road a queer punishment was inflicted a few days ago upon some offending soldiers. One, who was convicted of thieving, was made to stand upon the stump of a tree with placards bearing the inscription, ‘"thief,"’ upon his back and breast. Some minor offenders were made to stand guard over him, armed with fence rails. The guard provided with these peculiar weapons was facetiously denominated the ‘"Lincoln Guard."’

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