July 11, 1861
DISINTERMENT OF MAJ. WINTHROP—A correspondent of the
Richmond Dispatch writes:
An incident occurred one day last week of the most
touching kind. The remains of Maj.
Winthrop, of the Federal forces, who was slain in the memorable battle of Bethel, had been
committed to the earth. His brother,
under a flag of truce, came after the body from New York.
It was disinterred by order of Col. Magruder, and sent on to the lines
under escort of the Charles City Cavalry, Capt. Douthat, and a detachment of
In silence this guard of honor moved onward till they
reached their destination, and met the heart-broken brother, who had brought on
a metallic coffin to receive the mouldering form of him who should have fallen
in a better cause. When he saw how
Southern men could feel and act, and must have contrasted their high toned
courtesy with the brutal and fiendish
conduct of such men as Butler, it is said by those who were present that
he bowed his head, overcome with emotion, and said in choking tones to Capt.
Douthat, “I did not expect this.” Will
this simple incident find its way into a Northern paper? I doubt it.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]