The kind-hearted and courteous Northern Government is quite out of temper about Fort Pillow
, and Mr. Lincoln
threatens to retaliate horribly if he finds that his subjects — white
— were put to the sword by General Forrest
after he captured the fort.
It is, circumstanced and situated as we are, decidedly amusing to observe the holy horror which is excited in the breast of the representative man of Northern coarseness and brutality by the alleged massacre at Fort Pillow
A volume could not hold a simple recital of the most atrocious and bloody deeds perpetrated by Lincoln
's hordes of mercenaries and cut-throats upon our people, both soldiers and unoffending and defenceless and helpless citizens.
Early in the war we have the murder of ten most resectable citizens of Missouri
by the Federal General McNeal
, because a traitor to the South
, who had enlisted in the Federal
army, was missing, and that traitor appeared after the executions had taken place.
Then there was the hanging of Mumford
; the shooting of Kentuckians in the service of the Confederacy
; the driving of helpless women and children into the Confederate
lines without the means of subsistence, after robbing them of all their earthly possessions; the insulting and outraging of women; the cold- blooded murder of Southern planters, down to that of the killing of a highly respectable and venerable citizen of Mississippi
, beaten to death the other day by negro slaves enlisted by the Yankees
to increase the barbarism and terrors of the war; and the still later brutalities of these same black soldiers in Narsemond county, in this State.
These, with the thousands of other horrible deeds, which are worthy the worst of demons, not to speak of the Dahlgren scheme to burn and sack Richmond
and massacre her people, have been perpetrated by the Yankee
hordes with the approbation of their Government.
No word of censure for any of the brutalities of the Yankee
armies has ever been uttered by that Government; no word of regret or remonstrance has been uttered by the Northern
communities who have grown rich on the commerce and the products of Southern toil.
Even such sentimentalists as Everett
, and even the gentler sex, living in luxury and such elegance as pleases the Yankee
taste, contemplate the excesses of the Yankee
soldiery with satisfaction, or, at best, passive coldness.
This interminable catalogue of inhumanities include many that demanded retaliation, and our Government omitted a right — may we not say a duty?--in not meting out to the bloody hell hounds who perpetrated them blood for blood and life for life.
Now, supposing the assertion true in every particular, one of our officers avails himself of a rule of civilized warfare and puts to the word a part of a garrison which had, with no hope of successful resistance, refused to surrender after repeated summoning, and occasioned a sacrifice of life in the storming of their defences.
This measure, by which a wholesome lesson and example was given that may save the effusion of blood hereafter, has elicited the threatening of the aforesaid chief of the Federal
Well, lot him do his worst.
The South has no fears.
The Northern Government has essayed worse calamities for the South
than even its threatened retaliation.
It has tried insurrections and even famine.
Yet the South
is stronger and more resolute than over.
retaliate it will only force us to do what we had long since a right to do, and inaugurate a series of retaliations which do not at present promise to us the chief suffering.
So let the Yankees
"imbrue" as soon as they please.
The South has a long unsettled account that will surely be presented whenever the work is begun.