Outrages of the enemy.
In every portion of Virginia
where the enemy has penetrated, his course has been marked by outrages which would have disgraced the Goths and Vandals.
The rules of civilized warfare have been shamefully disregarded.
Lines of burning houses mark the career of the invader.
Property has been robbed, and, when it could not be carried away, destroyed; men have been imprisoned and murdered; women insulted, and, in some instances, violated.
The worst passions of the human heart have been allowed full away, and no treatment has been considered too bad and brutal for the people of the South
, and all this has been done by a people who profess to be highly civilized, refined, and Christian
We do not invoke the South
to retaliate in kind.
But let her sons remember these things on the battle-field.
Let them bear in mind that what has been exhibited on a small scale will be the fate of the whole South
if it ever falls into the possession of this Satanic foe.--The thought should add tenfold vigor to their arms.
Heaven is on our side.
Such crimes cannot go unpunished.
And who such proper instruments of vengeance as the soldiers of the country which have thus been treated, and where such an hour of vengeance as that when is drawing nigh?