One might think that the title of this column is a contradiction of words, but it is not. During the Civil War there was a certain civility in the correspondence that described the “barbarous warfare” that was conducted by both the Union and Confederate forces. This and the command of the English language were especially evident in the letters between the Union and Confederate “generals.”
The following letter from “Union” Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck to Confederate Gen. Sterling Price, although very civil in nature, clearly states exactly what Gen. Halleck will do and why he is doing it.
The letter is located in Series I, Volume 8 of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion on pages 514 and 515.
“St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 22, 1862.
Gen. Sterling Price, Commanding:
General: Your letter, dated Springfield, Jan. 12, is received. The troops of which you complain on the