Yankee Fraud and Mendacity

Riverfront view of A.M. Aiken's House, on the James River, at Aiken's Landing (Varina), Virginia. Photograph by Matthew Brady.
Riverfront view of A.M. Aiken’s House, on the James River, at Aiken’s Landing (Varina), Virginia. Photograph by Matthew Brady.
A.M. Aiken's House, on the James River, at Aiken's Landing (Varina), Virginia. Photograph by Matthew Brady.
A.M. Aiken’s House, on the James River, at Aiken’s Landing (Varina), Virginia. Photograph by Matthew Brady.

I am more and more satisfied every day that the Federal Government does not intend to keep faith with us in the matter of prisoners or exchanges. I believe its officials are taxing their ingenuity to find out the most available methods of deceit and fraud. I received yesterday official evidence that some forty officers entitled long ago to their release, and who in fact are exchanged under existing agreements, are now imprisoned at Camp Chase, and yet the Federal Agent with an earnestness intended to be peculiarly impressive, assured me three days ago, that not one of these officers was confined in that place. Not one day passes that some evidence does not come to hand of Yankee fraud and mendacity. Four weeks ago the Federal Agent informed me in writing that it was not the intention of his Government to make any more arrests of non combatants in our territory, and yet more have been made since that declaration than during any previous equal space of time …

Col. Robert Ould, C.S.A. to President Jefferson Davis, March 1863.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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