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it, was a soldier. This is similar to the statements of many others, and possibly forms an exception to the generality of Yankee stories. There is no doubt of the fact that a popular method of filling up the ranks of the abolition army is to give the victim drugged whiskey, and while insensible from its effects, make a soldier of him, nolens volens. Another of the party was less communicative, and seemed averse to conversing upon his situation, or the movements of the Yankee army. A citizen finally asked him if Grant was retreating. The prisoner looked up, and replied in the true Yankee vernacular--"I guess he ain't." He was doubtless the most honest fellow in the lot, and his answer to the question furnished a key to his real feelings. The practice of conversing with prisoners is at best reprehensible, and should not be permitted by the guard having them in charge. There is little or no satisfaction to be derived from it, and it only gratifies the Yankee instinct for display.