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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 32 (search)
r from one of Sherman's bummers. [from the Alderson statesman, West Va., of October 29th, 1883.] The following letter was found in the streets of Columbia after the army of General Sherman had left. The original is still preserved and can be shown and substantiated, if anybody desires. We are indebted to a distinguished lady of this city for a copy, sent with a request for publication. We can add nothing in the way of comment on such a document. It speaks for itself: camp near Camden, S. C., February 26, 1865. My Dear wife: I have no time for particulars. We have had a glorious time in this State. Unrestricted license to burn and plunder was the order of the day. The chivalry have been stripped of most of their valuables. Gold watches, silver pitchers, cups, spoons, forks, etc., etc., are as common in camp as blackberries. The terms of plunder are as follows: The valuables procured are estimated by companies. Each company is required to exhibit the result of its ope