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In Their Own Words

May 28, 1865

Yankees Cursed in German

Eliza Frances Andrews seemingly never tired of berating the Yankees. On this day she learned a new way to do it from some visitors, recording in her journal:

“…They taught us some thunderous German words to say when we feel like swearing at the Yankees, because Cora said she felt like doing it a dozen times a day, but couldn’t because she was a woman. I remember this much: ‘Potts-tousand-schock-schwer an oat___’ and my brain could carry no more. I don’t know how my spelling would look in German; I would prefer a good, round, English ‘damn’ anyway, if I dared use it. A fresh batch of Yankees have come to town under the command of a Capt. Schaeffer. I have not seen any of them, but I know they are frights in their horrid cavalry uniforms of blue and yellow. It is the ugliest thing I ever saw; looks like the back of a snake. The business of these newcomers, it is said, is to cram their nauseous oath of allegiance down our throats.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 272-273.