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Neglect of duty and Horrible Cruelty

--The following statement made by a Richmond correspondent of the Atlanta Confederacy demands an investigation by the Commissary General, and the punishment of the agent guilty of this flagrant neglect of duty and brutal carelessness:

‘ While en route here several things came under my observation worthy of note, and one especially that Congress should not fail to take proper steps in regard to. At Kingsville, S C., I saw three box cars loaded with cattle, with this endorsement upon one of the boxes: "These cattle have been here for three days, and have never received food or water. Where are the commissaries? December 19, 1863" This caused me to inquire into the matter; and I learned from a gentleman who lived there that they had been there for six days and received neither food nor water.--In one of the boxes there were six dead, in another two, and in the third one Several were down in each car that in all probability died in the next twenty four hours. Should such negligence as this on the part of any officer be tolerated? Should he not be dismissed from service, conscripted and made to endure the hardships and privations of a private soldier's life, for the remainder of the war, upon half rations? It would be but justice. He, no doubt, was in some city, with his profusion of gold lace upon his coat and pants, and kid gloves on, paying fifteen dollars per day for board, and enjoying the ladies' society, or participating in some Bacchanalian feast, which is more probable. When will the ladies cease to associate with this class? They should remember that in nine cases out of ten when they are parading the streets or making themselves conspicuous at hotels that they are causing hundreds of poor soldiers in the field to suffer for the want of something to eat.

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