And so universal was the hostility of the inhabitants, incited by Wade Hampton and his fellow-traitors of South Carolina, that the restrictive conditions concerning devastation were nowhere applicable.
Dr. J. F. G. Mittag, of Lancasterville, South Carolina, relates the following circumstance.
When Sherman was approaching that place, it was expected that the cavalry, as usual, would burn the public buildings.
Dr. Mittag's dwelling was close to the court-house, and would be consumed witter reading a part (of a letter, says Dr. Mittag, in relating the circumstance, Kilpatrick said twice to his aids, Tell them not to burn the court-house.
And when he was about to leave the village, he issued an order to the same effect, and Lancasterville was saved from destruction.
I have no doubt, says the doctor, that it was the letter of this great and good man that saved the village from conflagration.
The feeling that South Carolina was the chief offender — the author of all the woes