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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 13, 1865

Diary Entry on Serenading Soldiers

Eliza Frances Andrews wrote in her diary of serenading more soldiers.

“Slept away the morning as usual, and spent the afternoon returning calls, as that seems to be the fashionable time for visiting in Cuthbert. The tableaux club met at Dr. Jackson’s in the evening and after rehearsal we went to serenade the soldiers at the Hill Hospital, as it would seem like slighting them to pass them by after serenading the others. But they knew we were coming and so things didn’t go off with the warmth and naturalness of our other visit. They had prepared an entertainment for us, and brought us some lemonade made with brown sugar and citric acid. It was dreadful stuff, but the dear fellows were giving us the best they had, and, I am afraid, depriving themselves of supplies they needed for their own use. While we were drinking, somebody led off with a verse of the “Confederate Toast” and then looked at me, and I added one that I felt half-ashamed of because I had made it up beforehand and felt like an impostor, but couldn’t help it when I knew beforehand what was coming: “Here’s to the Southern rebel, drink it down; Here’s to the Southern rebel, drink it down; Here’s to the Southern rebel, ” I came to a sudden stop at the last word and the soldiers, with a laugh and a yell, took up the chorus and carried it through. Then we amused ourselves for some time answering each other with couplets, good, bad, and indifferent - mostly indifferent. My parting one was: “Hurrah for the soldiers who stay on the Hill; They have fought, they have suffered, they are full of pluck still.” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 142-143.