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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 24, 1865

Diary Expressed Astonishment at Politeness from a Yankee

Eliza Frances Andrews was astonished at an act of politeness from a Yankee, and even admitted one was nice looking except for his choice of clothing.

“…While we were crossing the square I received a piece of politeness from a Yankee, which astonished me so that I almost lost my breath. He had a gang of negro vagrants with balls and chains, sweeping the street in front of their quarters. The dust flew frightfully, but we were obliged to pass, and the Yankee ordered the sweeping stopped till we were out of the way. I also saw Capt. Cooley for the first time. His head was turned away, so I took a good look at him, and his appearance was not bad at all - that is, he would be a very good-looking man in any other dress than that odious Yankee blue. …” Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 379.