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In Their Own Words

May 26, 1865

Journal Entry on Trying to Hide Money from Yankees

Nothing was safe from Yankee invaders in the eyes of Eliza Frances Andrews, as attested to in her journal entry for this day:

“… All the money and plate that lives through these troublous [sic] times will have strange histories attached to it. One man had $1,000 in specie which he went out to conceal as soon as he heard that the Yankees were in his neighborhood. Before he could get it buried, he heard a squad of horsemen coming down the road, so he threw his bag of money over a hedge to get it out of sight, and lo! there it struck a skulking Yankee pat on the head! This is the tale the country people tell, but so many wild reports are flying from mouth to mouth that one never knows what to believe. Where so many strange things are happening every day, nothing seems incredible.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 269.