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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 25, 1865

Letter from Union Sympathizer in Savannah Published

The Richmond Times Dispatch reprinted (from a New York newspaper) a letter from a Union sympathizer in Savannah.

The Savannah “Patriots.” A New York paper publishes a private letter from a lady in Savannah, received in that city since the fall of Savannah. It shows who have been delighted at the arrival of the Yankees. The following is an extract: “Next door to me is quartered a portion of the Twentieth corps, New York Volunteers. They are so delighted to hear I am from New York that my kitchen is just filled all the time with them. Sarah takes great delight in making coffee for them, and doing for them what we can. I have a picket walking up and down before my door all day and night, to guard me, and they take the best care of me; and, only think, I have made the first flag. The Second division met with an accident; their brigade flag fell in the fire, and they had no flag when they came here. Each division has a flag–First, red star; Second, white star, and Third, blue. So I made the bonnie blue flag, with the single white star, and there is not one of the men but knows it, and seems perfectly delighted. S. says he believes I am the happiest woman in Savannah. It is glorious, my dear sister, to be free once more and fell that I will soon be with you all, to stay just as long as I please. “This morning I went to St. John’s Church. Mr. McRae preached. He did not read the prayer for the President of the United States, but will next Sunday. All the churches were open to-day, except Christ Church. The Bishop left. I hope it will be open on Sunday, for I shall take great pleasure in seeing a Union man in the pulpit. The Bishop sent off his assistant before he left. What fools some people have been! They will see their folly when too late, I fear. Last evening Major F. called on me; he was delighted to see me, and I him. Invited him to dine with us, but he could not, as his duty called him away. Said he expected to be in New York in January.–I find I have a great many friends, and I assure you it is very pleasant, after having been so long alone. General Sherman is to review the troops to-day, and I feel quite anxious to witness it. To-day Major D. called. I met him in Washington when I came on here, two years ago. He is on General Barry’s staff. I have so much to tell you all; I am nearly beside myself with joy. Last evening I sent General Sherman a Christmas present. May God bless him, for he has brought more joy to my heart than has been there for many a long day. Mr. B. and Mr. R. called to-day to see me. I told them I felt so happy I hardly knew what to do with myself.”