Captain Alexander's Defense.
CASTLE THUNDER, Richmond, April 13, 1863.
To the Honorable Committee of the House of Representatives, C. S. A., for the investigation of Castle Thunder.GENTLEMEN: Bonaparte said that "the first requisite in an officer was health, the second temper; without the first the second is seldom found, and without the second a good officer, mingling the gentleman with the commander, cannot exist."
The elephant is never won with anger,
Nor should the man who would reclaim the lion
Take him by the teeth.
There is nothing so degrading to an officer of rank as an intemperate reprimand, and before his inferiors. If he be respectful, as he would have others respect him, and forgets not that he is a gentleman, his conduct is said to have merited the rebuke from his not having defended it. If both parties lose their temper a court-martial follows and neither party gains by the result. To make a good officer a man must be a gentleman, and they are inseparable. The man who cannot command his tongue is the worst man to intrust with any command. The supercilious and the arrogant always meet from men endowed with common sense the contempt such frivolity deserves.
O.R.--SERIES II--VOLUME V [S# 118]
CONFEDERATE CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, ETC., RELATING TO PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1862, TO JUNE 10, 1863.
Treatment of Prisoners in Castle Thunder, Richmond, Va.--#6