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The Daily Dispatch: July 19, 1864., [Electronic resource], The destruction of Gov. Letcher's Dwelling (search)
When the Yankees took possession of the town. Dr. Patton, medical director for Hunter's army and who halls from Marion county, Va. went to my house, told my wife he erty, burning it would be an inexcusable outrage, and proposed at once to go to Hunter's headquarters and as certain. He went, and was directed by Hunter to assure mHunter to assure my wife that the house would not be disturbed. The sequel shows that the sole object of this assurance was to quiet her apprehensions, and thus prevent anything from my wife. She came to the door, when Berry informed her that he was ordered by Hunter to fire the house. She replied there must be some mistake, and asked for the o verbal order. She then said to him, "Can it not be delayed until I can see Gen. Hunter" The order is peremptory, he replied, and you have five minutes in which to trage, in violation of all the principles of civilized warfare, and stated that Hunter alone was responsible for these atrocities. * * * * I feel grateful to