--While the members of Lincoln
's Congress are laboring to excite the horror of the civilized world by the investigation of imaginary barbarities practiced upon their dead at Manassas
, we have it in our power to late a dead more atrocious than any that has ever before come under our observation, period, used by one of Bull Nelson
's soldiers at the fight at Piketon
, Ky. This fiend carried to Catiattburg, after the fight, for exhibition, the gory head of a former friend, whom he had found wounded, and, demanding a surrender, was answered by a pistol shot from the hand of the dying man, which so enraged him that, after killing his brave opponent, he cut off his head.
Having exhibited the trophy until it became offensive, he boiled off the fresh and preserved the skull. This statement is vouched for by territer in the Wilmington Journal
, who was at the time under arrest in Catlettsburg
on suspicion of sympathy with the South
, and received it from his guards. If history records a more fiendish act than this, we are ignorant of the fact.