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Violation of parole.

It becomes a matter of importance that the question should be promptly and rigidly investigated, whether or not Federal prisoners, paroled during the last few months, have, in many cases, as is alleged, violated their pledged faith, and again taken up arms against the South. Under the rules of war such perfidy is punished with death, and it should be unhesitatingly visited upon all offenders. There must have been some forty thousand Federal prisoners, all veteran soldiers, discharged upon their parole within the last few months, and if the unscrupulous Federal Government, which is vile enough to stoop to any crime, has again compelled these men to take up arms, it is time our military leaders should adopt some stringent measures to prevent the repetition in future of a species of villainy unknown in honorable warfare, and which deprives us of some of the most valuable advantages of victory, purchased at the cost of precious Southern blood.

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