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In Their Own Words

June 21, 1865

Yankee Adjectives

Eliza Frances Andrews had been visiting friends the previous week. When she returned to her journal she had more horror stories to report about Yankee behavior, then added:

“… Mr. Alexander tells me about a friend of his in Savannah who has taught her children never to use the word ‘Yankee’ without putting some opprobrious epithet before it, as ‘a hateful Yankee,’ ‘an upstart of a Yankee,’ ‘a thieving Yankee,’ and the like; but even this is too mild for me. I feel sometimes as if I would like to come out with a good round ‘Damn!’ Father, I am glad to say, has not been appointed provisional governor, so I can say what I please about our new rulers without any disrespect to him. I know he would have done everything in his power to protect our people if he had been appointed, but at the same time it would have been his duty to do many hard things, from the obloquy of which he is now spared, and his name will not be stained by being signed to any of their wicked orders. My dear old father, in spite of his love for the Union, is too honorable a man, and too true a gentleman to be mixed up in the dirty work that is to be done.”

Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), p. 305.