The Yankee newspapers say that this gallant officer is a native of Pennsylvania
, and him as a traitor for plunging his wool in the bowels of his native land.
This and no doubt the writers knew at . Gen Early
was born in the county of Franklin
, in this State, and has lived in all his life.
He has not the smallest taint drop of Yankee blood in his whole compo. His father and mother, and his grandfathers and grandmothers, before him, were all Virginians None of his forefathers ever lived anywhere else since the first of them came from England
is a graduate of West Point
and served with through the Florida
war. At the conclusion of that war be resigned, but for several years represented his county in the Legislature.
was called regiment to serve in the Mexican
was, he was appointed Major
by Governor Smith
He has several times since been in the Legislature, and was in the Convention
which decreed the secession of Virginia
He that measure to the last, but, as soon as was consummated, he announced his purpose to devote himself to the cause of his State.
From that time forward his history is the history of the Southern Confederacy.
He himself by his undaunted cour in the battle of Manassas
, and at Williamsburg
, where he was so badly wounded he could no part in the battles around Richmond
Recovering, he was in the battles of , Second Manassas
, and in all the battles.
He has at all lines men distinguished alike for cool courage and impetuous gallantry — a rare combination and is one of the best soldiers in the way. He is, moreover, a man of high character and his integrity, traits that certainly do not indicate a Pennsylvania origin.
The Yankee abve Gen. Early
because he consideration on some of the towns of Pennsylvania
They choose not to remember what their own thieves have been losing in Virginia
and elsewhere, how many houses, mills, barns, and towns, they have , how many crops they have destroyed, how many cattle, sheep, and horses, they have stolen, what a warfare of plunder they have wages.
All we regret is, that Gen. Early
did not deal more with them.
They have taken a characteristic revenge.
No so deep as that of being called a Yankee, and of all others, a Pennsylvania Yankees.
We have no doubt Gen. Early
felt it deeply.