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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 28, 1865

Diary Entry on Learning New Way to Curse Yankees

Eliza Frances Andrews learned a new way to curse Yankees, although she preferred the old stand by.

“…Cousin Bolling came up from Cuthbert to visit his father’s family before going to join Cousin Bessie in Memphis, and will be obliged to stay indefinitely because he can’t get money to pay his way. After everybody else had gone, he and Capt. Hudson staid and chatted with us a long time. 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-chock-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 uniform 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.