A Falsehood Exposed.
QUINCY, ILL, Sept. 28, 1864.
Editors Whig and Republican: I am no newspaper correspondent, and never wore a shoulder strap, but I am a Union soldier in the ranks of the army who are fighting for the maintenance of the Union, and I have a few words to say in relation to an article which appeared in the Quincy Herald of Tuesday, which I wish you to put in your paper in reply. I have reference to the article purporting to emanate from a Soldier, and a McClellan Democrat, formed "The Hospital Movement." He says that the men in the hospital here, as well as over all the country, were called upon to ascertain for whom they intended to vote at the coming election, Lincoln or McClellan. Now, sir, this is true, but it is the only truth which he utters. All else is base falsehood. It is not true, as he implies, that this was done officially for the purpose of giving Union and Administrative men a furlough, and a chance to vote, and for sending McClellan men to the field. Nor is it true that every day since they have been sent. Having had something to do in taking the vote in this hospital movement, of which my Democratic brother so bitterly complains, and threatens to expose, I will tell you the authority and cause which prompted the movement in this city. An assertion was made in the Herald some ten days ago, that three-fourths of the soldiers in the hospitals were McClellan men, and would vote so; and without orders from any officer I proceeded (assisted by two others) to take the vote of our hospital, for the purpose of giving the lie to the assertion contained in the Herald, and to demonstrate to all concerned that the Union cause did not languish among the soldiers in Quincy. And right nobly was it done, for out 174 votes cast in our hospital, Lincoln got 148 Fremont 1, and by counting the remainder you have the vote of my Democratic brother's candidate, Geo. B. McClellan. No officer ordered the vote to be taken, and no such action as the McClellan soldier asserts has been taken by any officer in this city, and I venture to assert by no officer, or any one else, in any city, town, or village upon this continent. It is nothing but a base slander, a Democratic lie, upon the medical officers of these hospitals, and in justice to both, I as such hurl it defiantly into the teeth of the McClellan Soldier, and demand him to produce the proof, which he says he is in the possession of. He intimates he will let the secret out. Out with it, air; bring it to the light, if you are not afraid of the disclosure affecting your plans, or knocking a hole in the Democratic breastwork, or the side of their platform. Nothing you have to reveal can injure a LINCOLN SOLDIER.