that should lead to the detection and punishment of the culprits, besides requiring them to make full restitution of the value of the property taken.
Our government and its leading officers, military and civil, seemed at that time to stand hat in hand apologizing to the South
for invading its sacred territory, and almost appearing to want only a proper pretext to retire honorably from the conflict.
But by the time that the Peninsular Campaign
was brought to a close this kid-glove handling of the enemy had come to an end, and the wandering shote, the hen-roosts, the Virginia
fence and the straw stack came to be regarded in a sense as perquisites of the Union
Punishments for appropriating them after this time were much rarer, and the difficulty of finding the culprits increased, as the officers were becoming judiciously near-sighted.
Drumming out of camp
was a punishment administered for cowardice.
Whenever a man's courage gave out in the face
Drumming out of camp.|
of the enemy, at the earliest opportunity after the battle, he was stripped of his equipments and uniform, marched through the camp with a guard on either side and four soldiers following behind him at “charge bayonets,” while a