Mr. Russell on Bull Run: With Notes; From the Rebellion Record (Classic Reprint)

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The various foreign ministers have been so much persecuted by soldiers coming to their houses and asking for help, that sentries were ordered to be put at their doors. Lord Lyons, however, did not acquiesce in the propriety of the step, and in lieu of that means of defence against demands for money, a document called a safeguard has been furnished to the do mestics at the various legations, in which ap plicants are informed that they are liable to the penalty of death for making such solicita tions. Gen. Mcdowell writes in his despatch from Fairfax court-house: I am distressed to have to report excesses by our tr00ps. The excitement of the men found vent in burning and pillaging, which, however soon checked, distressed na all greatly. What will take place at the close of a hardly contested action in the front of populous towns and villages? The vast majority of the soldiers are very well behaved, but it will require severe punishment to deter the evil-disposed from indulging in all the license of war.

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