General Stone's Case
October 1, 1867
The Dispatch expresses that the public should be aware of how cruel and malign the Radical Party is.
General Stone's Case. We give place to the letter of General Stone, who is now a citizen of Virginia, that our people may realize the malignity, wickedness, and diabolical hypocrisy of the Radical party, and to assist in acquainting posterity with the same facts. If, says the National Intelligencer, a list were to be made of citizens who were subjected to military imprisonment without cause, some of whom died, or whose healths were permanently impaired, it would be fearful to contemplate. The Boston Post, in giving place to the letter of General Stone, speaks as follows: The letter from General Charles P. Stone will escape no reader's careful perusal. No fuller commentary can be furnished on the malignant cowardice which was the inspiring motive in this remarkable case. Had it occurred in Italy the press of a "liberty-loving" party would have rung with terrific denunciations of such flagrant, inhuman, and detestable abuse of power. But occurring in this free country, and the sufferer being nothing more than a brave and self-sacrificing soldier of the Union, it challenges no response of sympathy or indignation from men whose patriotism is limited to factitious ambition, and v. hose sense of humanity is a mere breaking out on the lips. The part played by Mr. Sumner in this historic transaction no man will envy. It is written down past erasure. No pen may smooth away the horrid imputations which so plainly lie upon his conduct. It was a deed of mystery and silence, to be sure; but the fact that no words were used in the doing of it connects the doer and his action more closely than even an open proclamation could have done. There was the speech in the Senate, supporting the letters to subordinate officers ; here is the letter of General Stone-a bold, frank, soldierly letter-in response to that speech; and the shameful incarceration, into whose rainless gloom no light penetrated for a full year, and back to whose dead silence all uttered voices of appeal fell in cruel mockery, followed close after. There is no room for conjecture in a case of this kind. The deed and its author are coupled forever on the page of history. Let us hear no more from such tyrants as the authors of this outrageous crime about Robinsonville Pens and Libby Prisons, Dartmore Prison Ships, Marshalsea, the Black Hole, the horrors of the Middle Passage, or the Duke of Alva.'
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