--As yet (says the Chattanooga Rebel
) we have received no particulars of the killing of Gen. Van Dorn
, nor of the causes which led to it, other than from street rumors, which, if correct, would seem that the killing was justifiable.
, who killed him, was formerly State Senator
from Hardman county, in this State, and is a gentleman of wealth, position and influence, whose family connections rank with the first in Tennessee
He is said to have approached Gen. Van Dorn
in the street, and presenting a pistol shot him in the head.
A correspondent of the Rebel,
writing from Huntsville
previous to the tragedy, says:
"I fear that the officers of Van Dorn
's army, from the lowest to the highest, are worshiping too often at the alters of Venus
, and have forgotten Mars
altogether. --This is a very unfortunate feature in this war.
"To think that the men upon whom the country have to depend in this serious crisis, for its very existence, are daily loosing the confidence of and the respect of their subordinates and the people generally, by a conduct which might be called licentious even in times of peace, when men might have some leisure hours to spend in revelry."