Courtesies to the enemy.
Nothing has appeared from the military pen of Beauregard
more grateful to the sense of self- respect in the hearts of the Confederate
people than Special Order No. 15
, ordering that no communication whatever should be held between our pickets and those of the enemy.
Some Confederate officers, as well as soldiers, may read with advantage that order, which speaks of "the moral disgrace incurred by troops in anything like voluntary or unnecessary association with the savage foes, who are not only warring against us, but persecuting our women and children and destroying private property.
The hands of such a foe are unworthy the friendly or courteous touch of a Confederate soldier."
The soul that prompted those words is in the cause.
Earnestness of nature is as essential in a soldier as an orator.
We would rather listen to one electrical outburst of a "forest- born Demosthenes
" then a dozen classical orations as perfect and as cold as the statues of the great masters.
When the two are united, we have the highest style of eloquence; and when genius and patriotism are united in a military man, we have the model which all soldiers may do well to study.
Such a warrior is Beauregard
He is not fighting for glory or the display of science.
The powerful machinery of his intellect is moved by the inward of a fervid and intense devotion to his country.
No one more clearly comprehends the nature of this contest, or the character of the enemy with whom we have to deal.
A man of true humanity and gentlenesss, he has none of that false chivalry which fights wolves and panthers in kid gloves
and recognises midnight burglars and highway robbers as honorable foemen. "Order No. 15
" is the true fire of the Southern