an --one who would put the war upon a proper footing!
seize and confiscate the property of all who dared oppose the ruling system of Northern Government, etc. Truly the barbarities of our enemies are beyond all description.
All law-save military law — is suspended, banks robbed of specie, wealthy men .compelled to contribute largely for the wholesale destruction of friends and relatives, to say nothing of their political rights; prisons full in every city where their rule is paramount; Habeas Corpus laughed at, dwellings seized, property confiscated, negroes sold and carried away, farms destroyed, cattle driven off, barns, houses, burned before their owners' eyes, while mothers, wives, sisters, or daughters, are insulted and disgraced, and oftentimes murdered.
All this is true.
God forbid I should exaggerate; and were I willing to do so, things are so bad they could not be painted worse, with all the coloring in the world.
Our whole march to this place has presented harrowing si