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In Their Own Words

May 01, 1865

Food Riot in Washington

In Washington, Georgia, Eliza Frances Andrews recorded lawlessness by Confederate troops:

“The conduct of a Texas regiment in the streets this afternoon gave us a sample of the chaos and general demoralization that may be expected to follow the breaking up of our government. They raised a riot about their rations, in which they were joined by all the disorderly elements among both soldiers and citizens. First they plundered the Commissary Department, and then turned loose on the quartermaster’s stores. Paper, pens, buttons, tape, cloth - everything in the building - was seized and strewn about on the ground… . Col. Weem’s provost guard refused to interfere, saying they were too good soldiers to fire on their comrades, and so the plundering went on unopposed. Nobody seemed to care much, as we all know the Yankees will get it in the end, any way, if our men don’t.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 193.