Citizens or soldiers, or escaping prisoners, who may receive kindness and assistance from friends outside of our lines, are naturally prone to express their gratitude publicly; and in some cases the particularity of their description almost identifies those by whom they have been aided. We have received a message for our people and the press from one thus situated, imploring us all to avoid a course so fatal to our friends. Let it be announced even in general terms that citizens in this place or that place gave comfort to a Confederate, and immediately Lincoln’s curs are set upon them, and his spies posted on all their paths. That gratitude is kindest, and therefore, most sincere, which is most silent now; the time will come when we may speak to the praise of our friends without unloosing wild beasts against them. Till then let us be content to wear them in our hearts.
Source: Fayetteville Observer, April 14, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org