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The Daily Dispatch: August 5, 1863., [Electronic resource], Recollections of the surrender of Vicksburg. (search)
er of the town. Every store was broken open and sacked, and nothing of value to them being found, they manifested their vandalism by destroying, everything that came in their way. After the town had been sacked, the people robbed and plundered of everything, General Grant issued an order prohibiting interference with private property; but this did not prevent a cavalry company from encamping in one of the handsomest gardens, where the fruit and vegetables were just beginning to mature. One of their first acts was to rob the Catholic Church, breaking in and carrying off the miter and chalice. Instead of regarding this as theft and vandalism, they seemed to exult over it as a great achievement, and paraded the streets in sacrilegious bravado, carrying the emblems upon their heads in mockery of the holy church. I noticed a great many Irishmen in the Federal army, and presuming that they are Catholics, it is a mystery to me how they can reconcile such conduct with their faith.