previous next

A Treacherous for.

--The Woodville (Miss.) Republican has a correspondent with Gen. McCulloch's army, who was in the battle of Oak Hills, and from whose last letter we extract the following:

‘ I desire to mention in this postscript one fact connected with the operations of the enemy that ought to stamp them, not only with infamy, but cowardice, and cover the names of Gen. Lyon, Gen. Seigle, Col. Totten, and Capt. Sturges, of the U. S. Dragoons, with everlasting infamy. Throughout all the battle they displayed no colors over any position that they herd; in no line of battle formed, in no line of march, did the per ous wretches ever unfurl their much beloved Stars and Stripes, while in every regiment and on every part of the battle field waved the Confederate flag. Not once did the cowards fling to the breeze a banner that would indicate their nationality, but, on the contrary, deceived us by hoisting, on one or two occasions, when we pressed them close, a Confederate flag they had found in Churchill's deserted camp. They also, on every occasion as we approached them, cried, ‘"don't fire, we are friends!"’ This they did as our regiment first advanced, and then, as soon as our men threw up their pieces, perfidiously fired into us. They also had got hold of our badge — a red one on the left shoulder; they also passed our men several times to gain a new position, crying, ‘"hurrah for Jeff. Davis."’ This was remarked all over the field, and if they had not done it, but few would have escaped being prisoners. This is opposed to all rules of civilized warfare, and worthy only of the blackness of Abolition hearts; and Gen. Lyon richly deserved the death he met, and his men the ried fate that leaves them rolling on many hills.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Woodville (Mississippi, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Lyon (2)
Totten (1)
Sturges (1)
Seigle (1)
McCulloch (1)
Jefferson Davis (1)
Churchill (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: