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In Their Own Words

May 09, 1865

Anger at Yankees in Washington, Georgia

Eliza Frances Andrews’ bitterness toward victorious Northern soldiers in her hometown of Washington, Georgia continued to show in her journal:

“There are four brigades of [Southern] cavalry camped on the outskirts of town waiting to be paroled. Contrary to their agreement with Lee and Johnston, the Yankees now want to deprive these men of their horses and side arms, and refuse to parole them until they are dismounted and disarmed. Our men refuse to submit to such an indignity and vow will kill every ‘d—-d Yankee’ in Washington rather than suffer such a perfidious breach of faith. Lot Abraham, or ‘Marse Lot,’ as we call him, seems to be a fairly good sort of man for a Yankee, and disposed to behave as well as the higher powers will let him… .The Yankees have only a provost guard here at present, and one brigade of our men could chop them to mince meat. I almost wish there would be a fight It would do my heart good to see those ruffians … thrashed out, though I know it would be the worse for us in the end.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 234.