--There is a Yankee officer now in this city, a prisoner in one of our jails, who makes some startling statements in regard to the treatment of some of our men who were taken prisoners in the late great battle below Richmond
We give the statement for what it is worth.
If it is true, it is time our soldiers were setting in their minds the question whether in future they will take prisoners these ruffians, who seem to be dead to every feeling of common humanity.
This officer says that frequently, after our men had surrendered themselves and thrown down their arms, they were run through with the bayonet, or else knocked in the head with the clubbed muskets of their brutal foe. He mentions one special instance which came under his own observation.
A Yankee soldier was detailed to take one of our men ( a prisoner) to the rear.
He demurred, but was obliged to obey the order.
After having gone some distance from his regiment he was seen to halt the unarmed man in the road and deliberately blow his brains out. The murderer, on his return, was only remonstrated with.
Shall we take such men prisoners and feed them?