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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 18, 1865

Diary Expressed Fury at Northern Press

The northern press was not helping Eliza Frances Andrews get over her hatred of Yankees.

“…I hate the Yankees more and more, every time I look at one of their horrid newspapers and read the lies they tell about us, while we have our mouths closed and padlocked. The world will not hear our story, and we must figure just as our enemies choose to paint us. The pictures in “Harper’s Weekly” and “Frank Leslie’s” tell more lies than Satan himself was ever the father of. I get in such a rage when I look at them that I sometimes take off my slipper and beat the senseless paper with it. No words can express the wrath of a Southerner on beholding pictures of President Davis in woman’s dress; and Lee, that star of light before which even Washington’s glory pales, crouching on his knees before a beetle-browed image of “Columbia,” suing for pardon! …” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 371.