there was as little truth as in that of Boston Corbet
, and “rebel” witnesses were denounced as unworthy of credit unless they would prove renegades and endeavor to propitiate their masters by turning against their comrades.
Even poor Wirz
himself was offered his life if he would testify against the high officials of the Confederate Government, but he was too true a man and Christian to attempt to save himself from his unjust sentence by perjuring his soul; and he, therefore, suffered on the gallows.
To appreciate at its proper worth the evidence of the witnesses who have tried to fix upon the Confederate
authorities this iniquitous charge of maltreatment of prisoners, it is only necessary to refer to the evidence of the general officers
of the Federal Army
before the Congressional Committee on the War
. Let any candid man read, for instance, the evidence contained in that part of the report which refers to the battle of Gettysburg
and the operations of the Army of the Potomac under Meade
, where there is such palpable conflict, not as to opinions merely, but as to facts; and when he has determined in his mind which of those general officers tell the truth and which do not, let him say how much credence is to be given to the stories of those men who testified as to the horrors of Andersonville
, and other Confederate prisons.
When the general officers
of the army were so loose in their testimony as to important facts affecting each other, what was to be expected of the subordinates and the privates, when testifying against their enemies?
It is very easy to raise the cry of “rebel” when any statement is put forth on the part of the Confederate
authorities; and that is conceded a sufficient answer.
The same cry would invalidate the testimony of General Lee
If such atrocities were committed as those alleged, why is it that poor Wirz
is the solitary victim offered up in expiation of the thousands of victims who, it is said, died from the effects of the