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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Report of Colonel D. T. Chandler, (search)
d all doubt that the officers at Andersonville were the fiends incarnate that Northern hatred pictures them to be, there is not one scintilla of proof that the Government at Richmond ordered, approved or in any way countenanced their atrocities. It is not, therefore, necessary for our purpose that we should go into any Defence of General Winder. And yet, as an act of simple justice to the memory of this officer, we give the following letters: Sabot Hill, December 29, 1875. Mr. W. S. Winder, Baltimore: Dear Sir — Your letter reached me some two weeks since, and I have been prevented by serious indisposition from giving it an early reply. I take pleasure in rendering my emphatic testimony to relieve the character and reputation of your father, the late General John H. Winder, from the unjust aspersions that have been cast upon them in connection with the treatment of the Federal prisoners under his charge during our late civil war. I had, privately and officially,