each was distinctly marked upon both sides of the canvas.
Not so with the Confederate
There was among them a lack of uniformity in build, style, and size, and no general attempt was made to designate them by lettering.
Also, Federal harness and “gearing,” in strength, uniformity, and adaptability was greatly superior to the hastily improvised, and often weak and faulty harness and “gearing,” employed with the Confederate
Indeed, through the whole transportation department of the Union
service there was much more system, order, and business stability than in the same department of the Confederates
From the very shoes upon the mules' feet to the hat on the driver's head, the wagon transportation system of the Federals
There was a strength, uniformity, system, and durability about it that was conspicuous when compared with the rather slip-shod wagon transportation of the Confederates
One of the most marked differences in the personnel
of the two armies was the far greater propensity of the Federals
When the Union
troops were around we all had to look out for our money, jewels, watches, vegetables, pigs, cows, and chickens.
All the men, of course, would not pillage, but there were always some in each regiment who laid hold of everything they could steal, whether of much use to them or not. And much of that which was of no earthly use they sometimes wantonly destroyed.
I had in my charge a small building filled with articles usually kept in a country store.
This they repeatedly broke into, carrying off what they chose and destroying what they did not want.
They kindled a fire in the fireplace, and burned up several pairs of hames worth two dollars and a half a pair --using them for firewood.
A hundred or two bibles, belonging to the American Bible Society, they tore up and scattered about the floor, or made fires of them.
Such utter and wicked waste I had not thought human beings could be guilty of. No unoccupied building was exempt from their ravages, and few that were occupied.
No amount of fastenings could protect a building from the insatiate ravages of the pillagers.
Nothing was too sacred to be stolen or destroyed, and it was almost impossible to secrete anything from their search.
Money buried was dug up and appropriated; valuables hidden in the most unheard — of places were searched out. A neighbor put a ham of meat in a writing-desk, but it was found.
Another secreted a sum of gold under his house, but the “fresh dirt” betrayed it, and they took it. We had some money and jewelry which we thought would be safest in a cupboard in the sitting-room.
It happened that all the family went into another room for about three