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Gen. Pillow recently made a speech to planters in Alabama, to induce them to permit their slaves to enter Government employ as teamsters, etc. To show them that he was not asking them to make sacrifices that he himself would not make, he told of his own losses --400 negroes, four gin-houses, worth $10,000 each, 100,000 pounds of bacon, 2,000 hogs, 500 head of cattle, his houses and plantations destroyed and desolated and 2,100 bales of his cotton burned by his own Government. He stated that Gen. Sherman had written him a letter, cinched in very polities language, offering to return his negroes to him, and to him for all his losses, if he would abandon the Confederate service. His answer was: "General, whilst I thank you for your courteous letter, let me say to you, the property your Government has taken from me was my own. Your Government has the power to rob me, but it is too poor to buy me."
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