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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
dful of cowardly Yankees, were disposed to make the ninety unfortunate prisoners captured when Dahlgren was killed, to feel the weight of their hatred and vengeance, by executing the whole of them. It was considered in cabinet meeting, and Seddon, the Confederate Secretary of War, wrote a letter to General Lee, asking his views concerning the matter, in which he said the contemplated murder had the sanction of the President [Davis], the Cabinet, and General Bragg. A Rebel War Clerk's [J. B. Jones] Diary, March 5, 1864. The Richmond press, in the interest of the Conspirators, strongly recommended the measure. Let them die, said the Richmond Whig, not by court-martial, not as prisoners, but as hostes human generis by general order from the President, Commander-in-Chief. General Lee had a good reason for not sanctioning such a proceeding then, for his own son was a captive, and held for retaliation whenever any Union prisoner should be put to death, and the plea that prevailed ag