[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch]
Jackson, 20th May, 1863.
I arrived here from Mobile
I came by a freight train, and had a seat on top. The rumor of the sack, pillage, and burning of the town, fell short of the fact.
There is not a house that escaped.
Every storehouse, every safe was broken — all moneys, all goods of every description stolen and destroyed.--Grant
sent an officer to Green
and ordered him to surrender
every dollar in his vaults — which he did. Fortunately, many of our merchants had removed their moneys, and only suffered by loss of their goods and buildings.
Several millions have been lost by the occupation of Grant
Oh, what insincere, heartless, villainous thieves, officers and privates, these Yankees are.
War is reputable when legitimate, but such a war as this, now going on, is a slander to our species, a disgrace to the civilization of the country.
I need not tell you all I have seen — all I have heard.
You can imagine the appearance of a town after a regular, old fashioned sack of the darker ages.
And yet these fellows will swear against the evidence of your senses that no private property has suffered — no person outraged.
It is idle for any one to say our soldiers — our army — are as thievish and as brutal as the Yankees
Impossible! When Stuart
his troops doffed their hats to Yankee farmers, and asked permission to enter their premises for a glass of water!
O! mockery of war!
Shall we be ever respected or feared, so long as we treat our enemies as Christians?
Better give up all — better turn our swords into plough shares than to make war so chivalrously, so magnanimously.
Better think like Turks and fight like Indians
, than to make a mockery of Christianity.
Why be trammelled by dead laws?
Why not fight the Devil with fire?
Shall we ever convince by fair words and charitable deeds?
Did God, according to Milton
, fight the Arch Enemy
through his angels, or throw the pearls of mercy and peace before his swinish legions?
Shall we not imitate God, then, and oppose sword to sword, torment to torment?
I am at a loss to comprehend the creature, man. He makes war like a Turk and talks like a Christian, or talks like a Turk and makes war like a Christian.
We shall never be rid of this war, in my opinion, until we carry home the terrors of their visitation.
We must burn Carthage
to save Rome
We must have our Scipio
The Yankee Hannibal can subsist his armies on the fruits of our labor for many more years than the Carthaginian subsisted his troops on the vitals of bleeding Rome
I cannot understand why I should be made to fight a duel on honorable principles with a fellow whom I have never wronged, and who is void of honor himself.
If self-defence is the first law of nature, it is not first in military ethics.
Burn, steal, rob, ravish, murder, and military priests will grant you absolution in the form of a parable.
But now for facts.
, after slight skirmishing, last Friday, burnt the Confederate
house, the depots, the Penitentiary, the factories, a block of buildings next below the Capitol Square
, evacuated it after two days stay, and marched towards Vicksburg
. --I fear we shall lose Vicksburg
will surrender, if Mississippi
won't. [It is to be hoped not.] Johnston
is working hard to organize a force to succor Vicksburg
We have no communication with that town.
has the railroad, and some say he is in Vicksburg
will henceforth be fortified and made the rendezvous for our troops.
The commissaries, etc., are ordered back, which is a sign.
I have heard of no cotton destroyed.
collect invoices for future delivery.