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d to do it in the most humane manner, and in a calm, judicial spirit.
I felt in doing it all the pangs of the weeping jailor when he handed the cup of hemlock to the great Athenian martyr.
It was not an act of revenge, but a judicial sentence to save not only the lives of my own men, but the lives of the enemy.
It had that effect.
I regret that fate thrust such a duty upon me; I do not regret that I faced and performed it. The following correspondence speaks for itself:
near Middleburg, Loudoun county, October 29, 1864. General R. E. Lee, Commanding the Army of Northern Virginia.
General,—I desire to bring, through you, to the notice of the government the brutal conduct of the enemy manifested towards citizens of this district since their occupation of Manassas road. When they first advanced up the road, we smashed up one of their trains, killing and wounding a large number.
In retaliation they arrested the habit of sending an instalment of them on each train.
As my comman
. E. Thornton, P. Vellines, Joseph H. Walters, J. L. Williamson.
James McGlemore, Chickahominy river, June, 1862.
Sidney Potts, died in hospital, 1862.
William G. Freeman, Blackwater river, October, 1862.
W. H. H. Parker, Middleburg, June, 1863.
C. W. Spratley, Brandy Station, October, 1863.
J. R. Morris, Upperville, June, 1863.
Richard Parker, Upperville, June, 1863.
J. Lewis Williamson, wounded Spotsylvania Courthouse, and died May, 1864.
George Blow Walke captured.
Andrew Briggs, wounded at Upperville, June, 1863. Peyton G. Anthony, wounded at Gettysburg, July, 1863. Peter H. Thorp, lieutenant, wounded at Gettysburg, July, 1863.
George W. Gilliam, Joseph W. Parker (discharged), wounded at Middleburg, June, 1863.
A. Sidney Birdsong, W. E. Chappel, Waverly Fitzhugh, J. T. Freeman, F. D. Neblett (discharged), Wm. Thornton (discharged), wounded at Dinwiddie Courthouse, March, 1863.
Robert J. Gwaltney (captured), L. P. Hargrave (captured)