In Their Own Words
May 24, 1865
Complaint about Yankee Parties
On the day the Union force that had been occupying Washington, Ga. pulled out, Eliza Frances Andrews continued recording in her journal of her dislike for Yankees. This time, she was really upset:
“May 24, Wednesday. Capt. Abraham - the righteous Lot - and his garrison left town this morning, and no others have come as yet to take their place. They were much disgusted at their reception here, I am told, and some of them were heard to declare that there was not a pretty woman in the place. No wonder, when the only ones that associated with them were negroes. They had two negro balls while they were here, the white men dancing with the negro women. One night they held their orgy in Bolton’s Range, and kept everybody on the square awake with their disgraceful noise. They strutted about the streets on Sundays with negro wenches on their arms, and yet their officers complain because they are not invited to sit at the tables of Southern gentlemen! …”
Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 267.