A story published by us yesterday, from a Yankee newspaper, represented that "the executive officer
of the Jones," a Yankee boat blown up by one of our torpedoes in James river
, gave on the occasion the rarest evidence of coolness and skill on record.
His vessel, he on board, was "crushed like a piece of paper," and as he ascended to the upper air, on a piece of the wreck, he drew a revolver and shot dead the man who had exploded the torpedo!
Said man was standing on the bank of the river, and the narrator of the wonderful feat calls him a "wretch," and says his name was Burton
. --He adds that "the incident is vouched for." Oh, of course.
It would be astonishing that any man should doubt such a reasonable Yankee story.
But the "wretch, " Burton
, who we believe was killed by some executive Yankee
, deserves to be remembered by his countrymen, and a monument should be raised to his memory.
Who is he?