The unheard of brutalities recently perpetrated by the enemy in North Carolina
, the carrying off women in chains, and the hanging in their presence of a Confederate prisoner, call trumpet- tongued for vengeance upon wretches who are the common enemies of humanity and a disgrace to the name of man. Toleration of such hideous cruelties involves the guilt of becoming accessory to their crimes.
Mercy to them is the most heartless inhumanity to their own people.
If Major- Gen. Wilde
, by whose orders Daniel Bright was hung, ever falls into the hands of our own men, and is not hung in five minutes afterwards to the nearest tree, the men who capture him deserve to be hung themselves.
It is high time that this thing should stop, and there is no way of stopping it but retaliation with compound interest for every act of inhumanity that these monsters perpetrate.
Cruelty is the unvarying attribute of cowards, and can never be cured by any policy which does not appeal to their fears.
The remedy is in the hands of our own soldiers, and of no one else.
They should not make prisoners of any such malefactors as the perpetrators of these horrid outrages in North Carolina
, nor send them to crowd the over-populated jails of Richmond
They should be put to death uniformly on the spot where they are taken, and made to drink to the last drop the cup of bitterness which they have thrust upon the lips of others.