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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.20 (search)
Lest we forget-ben Butler. [from the New Orleans, La., Picayune, February 1, 1903.] The Scathing Denunciation of his course in war and peace, delivered in Congress by John young Brown. By Captain James Dinkins. Those who have respect for the maxim, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, will have very little to say for Ben Butler. He was in all truth the most ferocious, cruel and vulgar beast that ever figured in human form in this country. But, living or dead, the truth of history must be written of him, and it is not worth our while to soil the mantle of Charity by spreading it over his beastly record. John Young Brown, of Kentucky, told the plain truth of him when he described him in Congress some years ago as brutal in war, pusillanimous in peace, and infamous in politics. His character was as vile as his features were hideous and repulsive. He was unable to understand an honest man's thoughts, or a gentleman's feelings, and he therefore gloried in his villainy and boasted of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Why we failed to win. (search)
Why we failed to win. Inquiry into the causes of Confederate defeat. In its leading editorial article, February 1, 1903, the New Orleans Picayune answers the often-asked question—Why it was that the Southern States were defeated in their struggle for independence? It says the people of this generation know that the Southern soldiers were inferior in numbers, but they likewise know that our armies repeatedly gained victories over greater forces and that our generals were more than equal in skill to those of the enemy's. Then the Picayune proceeds to give a thoughtful answer to the question propounded, presenting some views that have not occurred to all writers on this subject. We quote: The army rolls show that from the first to the last the forces on the Northern side were two million, eight hundred and sixty thousand men, while on the Southern there were about six hundred thousand men, making an odds of more than four to one on the side of the North. But this enormous