Rev. Frederick A. Ross had just been examined on a charge of treason, and convicted upon his own showing. Under charge of a guard he was about to leave the General’s tent. Putting on a particularly sanctimonious expression of countenance, he took up his hat, turned to the General, and said: “Well, General, we must each do as we think best, and I hope we will both meet in heaven.” The General replied: “Your getting to heaven, sir, will depend altogether upon your future conduct; before we can reasonably hope to meet in that region, you and I must become better men.” The effect of this brief rejoinder was irresistible.
Originally posted 2008-03-05 14:34:42.