One of Pope's officers arrested for Grand larceny.
--One of Pope
's officers was left behind yesterday, when the others dispersed in the direction of Yankeedom, or rather was brought back after getting some distance on his way. His name is William S. Atwood
, and his rank that of Major
in the 1st regiment of Michigan volunteers.
His detention was caused by an order of Gen. Winder
to that effect, a charge of grand larceny having been entered against Atwood
It appears that while Atwood
's regiment was prowling in the vicinity of Mount Vernon
he and a number of his comrades proceeded to depredate on the premises, by virtue of their belonging to the family of Col. Jno. A. Washington
, a rebel, and in pursuance of Pope
selected as his share of the plunder the celebrated picture of George Washington
, painted by Stuart
, and which for eighty-odd years had been hanging in the venerable mansion undisturbed.
He caused it to be shipped to his Northern home as a prize, and doubtless felt very few twinges of conscience while performing the act of spoliation and sacrilege.
We believe the complaint which caused his detention was entered by some member of Col. Washington
was offered the option of ransoming himself by producing the picture, but giving no satisfactory assurance that it would be done, he was brought back.
We understand that the Government
will hold on to him till the picture is restored.
When exchanged, therefore, he will be given as an equivalent to Gen. Washington
profess great veneration for Washington
, but we never imagined that it was so intense as to embrace the stealing of his likeness, especially from Mt. Vernon
, a place sacred in the eyes of the world.