The Kentucky rebels are highly indignant at the charge of cowardice and treachery, raised in Nashville, against Gen. Geo. B. Crittenden, on account of the defeat of Zollicoffer. One of them writing to the Bowling Green Courier, says:
It is the duty of every brother exile of a gallant man to hurl back in the teeth of the base scullions who dare to make it, the foul charge of treason and cowardice. And in one case, at least, that duty shall be performed with alacrity and the most hearty good will. The man who says George B. Crittenden is tainted with either cowardice or treason, is a blacker-hearted liar than the devil himself, and he who would, at such a time as this, when the chivalric spirit of a gallant man is chafing with defeat – unavoidable defeat – heap denunciations on him to weigh him down when he is temporarily fallen, would, had he lived in that time, underbid Judas Iscariot, and sold his master for twenty pieces of silver.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, February 18, 1862, p. 2