Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Louisville papers protest fiercely against . . .

. . . the proposition to discharge the Fort Donelson prisoners upon their parole, not to serve again against the United States.  To release them upon that condition would, they say, be folly and madness.  “They would,” says the journal, “regard their parole as lightly as a mess-table jest.  Guilty already of treason, that highest civil crime involving all crimes – guilty of having violated their allegiance to their country and raised their parricidal hands against her they would not now feel the restraining influence of loyal promise or oath upon their conduct or their conscience.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 1, 1862, p. 1

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