The mortality Among negroes in the hands of the Yankees.
--W. H. Wilder
, the Yankee
inspector of one of those abandoned or confiscated plantations in Louisiana
, gives the following graphic disclosure of the benefits of the Phillips Beecher Greeley
system, the success of which must place the worthy philanthropists at least upon the same immortal pedestal as the celebrated Wilberforce
This inspector, in describing the great advantages of this sainted system, says:
More particularly would I call your attention to the Old Hickory plantation
.* * * The mortality that has and is occurring there is truly appalling.
On White Castle plantation
, out of one hundred and forty-nine negroes, eighty-five have died and twenty-two run away, thus leaving but forty-two of the original number.
At the Old Hickory plantation
there were four hundred and thirteen negroes; of these two hundred and two have died since June last.
On my visit there I found thirty-eight negroes sick, without proper nurses or medical attendance.
The hospital is a building eighteen by twenty-three feet in size, in which the sick referred to were packed.
In the midst of this lazar house was the dead body of a woman who had died on Wednesday at 3 o'clock A. M. At 5 o'clock P. M., the following day, no measures had been taken for her sepulture, and the body had commenced to decompose.