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Wade, Benjamin F. (1800-1878) Conduct of the war

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.234 Author/Creator: Wade, Benjamin F. (1800-1878) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 1862 Pagination: 40 p. ; 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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Summary of Content: Senate report from the "joint committee on the conduct of the present war" regarding Confederate indiscretions at Manassas. Committee was directed to "Collect evidence with regard to the barbarous treatment by the rebels, at Manassas, of the remains of officers and soldiers...and... whether the Indian savages have been employed by the rebels, in their military service." Contains the witness testimony of soldiers, surgeons, and officials, describing numerous atrocities committed by rebels against dead and wounded soldiers. Wade's summary states "Inhumanity to the living has been the leading trait of the rebel leaders; but it was reserved for your committee to disclose as a concerted system their insults to the wounded, and their mutilation and desecration of the gallant dead." Says no information has yet been gathered on whether the Indians are fighting with the Confederates. The battle mentioned is First Manassas or First Bull Run.

Background Information: Benjamin F. Wade was an Ohio Senator. He was chair of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

People: Wade, Benjamin Franklin, 1800-1878

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas)American Indian HistoryCivil WarMilitary HistoryAtrocityConfederate States of AmericaBattleInjury or WoundDeathCongressUnion Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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