The Burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Author: B.S. Schneck
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,620 / 75 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 629
Added to site: 2010.05.06
mnybks.net#: 27628
Genre: History
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say that of all the soldiers who were in this community since the commencement of this war, none have left behind them such a bad moral odor as have many of these men. Drunkenness, wanton destruction of property, thieving, fighting and stabbing each other, (in some cases to death outright,) were frequent occurrences. And yet such men are not only allowed to vilify and abuse the people whom their misconduct has outraged, but certain New York sheets take up their cause and pour forth wormwood and gall upon the town, the community, and the State. Let a virtuous public pronounce its verdict.

Let me illustrate what kind of "defenders" these two regiments of New York militia were. On their arrival in the town, and whilst marching through it on their way to camp, about one mile south from here, some of the men received the hearty cheers of our citizens with sneering remarks about the necessity of coming "all the way from New York to protect Pennsylvania!" Just as if the protection of the border was not at the

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