The release of Pope's officers.
--The release and departure from this city of Pope's
officers has been noticed.
of yesterday, thus explains the reason of their release:
This action was taken in consequence of the expel declaration, from the highest military authority of the Yankee Government
, that the orders of Gen. Pope
, to which exception had been taken by President Davis
, were no longer in force.
The reason for their detention, according to the proclamation of President Davis
, no longer existing, they stood upon precisely the same footing as other Yankee officers, and were, therefore, subject to parole and exchange.
Our readers are doubtless aware of the ground upon which the close confinement of Pope
's officers was placed.
Our Government, always anxious to conduct this contest upon the acknowledged usages of civilized warfare, was forced, by the highest obligations of duty to its citizens, to adopt such measures of retribution, and retaliation as would repress and punish the barbarities openly proclaimed by Pone.
The proclamation by the President
was purely a matter of retaliation, forced upon him by the infamous orders of Pope
When those orders were made inoperative, and repealed, the necessity for that proclamation, as well as its justification, ceased.
We are glad that the prompt and decided course of President Davis
has thus caused these obnoxious orders to be repudiated by the Yankee Government
, and thus far at least, prevented the war from drifting into one of rapine and murder.
We understand, further that the Federal
authorities have not only declared that the orders of Pope
are not in force, out live communicated to our own authorities the additional facts that Pope
has been relieved from his command, and his troops assigned to other corps.