Justice to the loyal Southerners in the Navy.
From a correspondence in the Philadelphia Inquirer
, we extract the following:
In a railway conversation, yesterday, with a most excellent, patriotic and respectable man, upon the all absorbing subject of our domestic troubles, allusion was made to the resignation which had occurred of many able officers of the Navy.
The answer was prompt and hearty on the part of the writer: ‘"Let them go, they were not necessary to the cause of Union; they have sacrificed only themselves."’ ‘"But many yet remain, some, especially from the South
, who may not be safely trusted, and thus are we crippled within and from without. "’ And this response prompted the grave remonstrance against a remark so full-fraught with injustice towards those who have recognized the obligations of their oaths and duty.
Are not such men to be trusted?
Is it wise, is it just, is it politic, to regard them with suspicion?
Is not Fairfax
— a name illustrious in other climes, in literature, and in arms and statesmanship, and distinguished and memorable in our own, in connection with earliest colonial times and in its intimate association with the name of Washington
, whose early career it ‘"patronized,"’ in the matter of land surveys and in kindred employments, and by which it had been eclipsed — to be trusted?
Did he flinch or falter in discharge of his duty of obedience in the ‘"affair of the Trent
Is not Pendergast
— with the recollection of his proceedings before Norfolk
fresh in the public mind and heart, and in countrast with those of his traitor relative, Barron
, degenerate scion of a noble house — to be trusted?
Aye, and honored, too?
And is he not both trusted and honored in his important command at the Philadelphia Navy-Yard
If, however, he also is liable to be suspected, on account of Southern ties and nativity, in the name of God's justice and of the country, let it be told directly and squarely why and for what cause.
, representative of us pure a name as shines in the old time galaxy of Virginia
's most approved, most honored, and loyal citizens — is he not to be trusted, lest he commit treason against all the best instincts of a noble courage, that has sacrificed family this the most of dearing at the shrines of duty and of honor.