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Retribution. There can be no doubt that Burnside promises his army the pillage of Fredericksburg as an inducement to the assault. A variety of circumstances prove this fact. A gentleman whose house had been occupied, and was undergoing the process of rifling, asked a general officer, whom be believes to have been General Sumner, to protect his property. He was asked if he was a Union man, and upon his replying in the negative, he was told that he would, in that case, receive no protecti
y habits in which the Yankee soldiers have been encouraged by their officers to indulge, ever since the commencement of this war while they have not the slightest effect upon the general result, are to the last degree destructive of discipline.
Burnside's army is at this moment little more than a mob of thieves and outlaws, if all we hear of them be true.
The battle of the 13th took out of them all of discipline that the pillage of the town had left.
It seems to be in the way of Providence th