Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward
Sir: In a late conversation with Major General Bormann, he expressed opinions with respect to the use of incendiary shells for the reduction of Charles ton, which I asked him to give me in the form of a letter.
I have the honor to enclose it herewith, believing that the views of such eminent authority may be interesting, and perhaps useful, in response to partisan efforts to excite odium abroad, on the ground of the “barbarity” of the government in its conduct of the war.
I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.