Friday, March 8, 2013

The Way They Do Things In Dixie

The Rockingham (Va.) Register, on the plea that the Union men in the border counties are giving information to the Union forces prejudicial to the Southern Confederacy, thus proposes to make short work of them.

“That we have such enemies, and a good many such, in the border counties of Loudon, Jefferson, Berkley, Morgan and Hampshire, is well known, and we think the sooner they are driven over the river, imprisoned, shot or hanged, the better for us.”

A correspondent of a Cincinnati journal, in the course of his remarks about matters and things in the Southwest, says:

“One item about the rebels.  The Physician of Rosseau’s – I disremember the doctor’s name – has been in possession a brand which has been used to mark suspicious men in the rebel army.  Numbers of Germans and Irishmen, to his own knowledge, have been marked with it.  The iron is heated, and the letters C. A. (Confederate Army) burnt on some parts of their body.  The purpose is to detect them should they try to desert.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 8, 1862, p. 2

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