The Bravery of the Yankees.
--An officer of courage dreads an imputation of cruel, or harsh, or rude treatment of women more than dangerous blows, and feels the stain upon his honor more than the wounds of his body.
The wars of polite nations (even Fagan
,) are full of examples of that chivalrous sentiment which spares the weak and strikes only the strong.
illustrated it in his order to his army at Toulon
, May 1798 from which we extract the following:
Headquarters, Toulon, 27 Floreal, year 6.
* * * Have the soldiers of liberty become executioners?
Can the mercy which they have exercised even in the fury of battle be extinct in their hearts?
The law of the 18th Fruclidor was a measure of public safety.
Its object was to reach conspirators, not women and aged men. I therefore exhort you, citizens, whenever the law-brings to your tribunals women or old men, to declare that, in the field of battle, you have respected the women and old men of your enemies.
The officer who signs a sentence against a person incapable of bearing arms is a coward. Bonaparte
Tried by the test of the great Napoleon
, what base cowards are many, yea, a large majority, of our Yankee foes.