THE ALLEGED CHANGE IN THE CHARACTER OP THE WAR.
We hear a great deal about the change in the character of
the war. The following General Order of General Beauregard,
issued more than a month before the battle of Bull Run, seems
to be about as vehement a statement of the bad character of
the war a3 has ever been made since :
" Headq'rs Department of Alexandria, )
Camp Pickens, June 5, 1861. )
"A reckless and unprincipled enemy has invaded your soil.
Abraham Lincoln, regardless of all moral, legal and constitu¬
tional restraint, has thrown his abolition hosts among you, who
are murdering and imprisoning your citizens, and confiscating
and destroying your property, committing other acts of
violence and outrage too shocking and revolting to humanity to
be enumerated. All rules of civilized warefare are abandoned,
and they proclaim by their acts, if not by their banners, that
their war-cry is booty and beauty. All that is dear to man—
your honor and that of your wives and daughters—your fortunes
and your lives—are involved in this momentous contest * *
" G. T. Beauregard,
" Brigadier General Commanding.
" Official: Thos. Jordan, Acting Assistant Adjutant General."
The Democratic party, we are told, are now opposing the
war in consequence of " the change in its character." The
following paragraph was published some time before the Crit¬
tenden Resolutions were heard of:
[From the Dayton Empire, Saturday, April 15, 1861.]
"The Cincinnati Commercial wants Ohio to furnish ten
thousand men at once. It says that this is not now a question
of party. Of course not; this is the old cry whenever the
Democracy is to be sold out. The Commercial will have a good
time getting these ten thousand men. We hope every Democrat
in the Legislature will vote steadily against a dollar or a man.
We have had nothing to do with bringing on the civil war,
and we don't mean to do the fighting."
The Dayton Empire was, at the date of this paragraph, the
home organ of Mr. Vallandigham. It is not unlikely that he
wrote the article. So it would appear the Vallandigham
Democrats in Ohio commenced precisely at the point "not
a man or a dollar"—recently the platform of the sneaking
traitors in Kentucky.