Yankee History in Southern papers.
It is to be regretted that the reading public is so much dependent for detailed accounts of battles in the South
upon Northern journals.
These accounts are often transferred bodily to the Southern
press, and although we know them to be the most shameless liars in the world, their fables, when unaccompanied by note or comment, are apt to have some effect.
It is difficult to conceive that men can lie so persistently and ingeniously, although we have had a thousand demonstrations of the fact Some system should be established by which we can obtain from Southern sources prompt and intelligent accounts of military operations.
This remark applies more particularly to the Southwest
, events in our own neighborhood being in general made known with sufficient punctuality and detail by our own friends.--But the siege of Vicksburg
, for example, seems given over to the hands of Yankee historians, whose own reluctated admissions were the first channels through which we have suffered.
They are anxious to conceal as far as possible the extent of their loss, and we are as anxious to know it, not from vague and contradictory telegraphs from South
western operators, but in a detailed and agent.
form from Southern writers.
The heroic defenders of a gallant Southern city deserve to have some more reliable historians than degraded and mendacious Northern scribes.