Doc. 90. affairs in Atlanta, Georgia.
The approach of General Sherman.
To the Ladies of St. Philip's Parish:ladies: It is unnecessary for us to tell you the enemy is at your door. The booming of the cannon announces the stern fact in unmistakable language; yet we may tell you what you seem to have forgotten. This is, that wounded, mangled and dying soldiers, who have given all for the defense of your homes, are daily brought to our city, expecting the relief at your hands that their valor entitles them to receive. They have placed themselves between you and the demons let loose upon our land, contesting inch by inch their advance, giving their life-blood for your protection; dying nobly to save you from pillage, and all its attendant horrors. Is the language strong? Look at the desolated fields, ruined homes, and insulted women of those sections over which these robbers and plunderers have passed; learn what your own fate will be, should we be defeated. Can you, in this hour of peril, hesitate to come forward and render all the assistance in your power to your brave defenders? Upon the shoulders of a devoted few rests the heavy responsibility of attending to their wants, and we are finding the undertaking more than we can accomplish alone. Ladies, come forward and help us. The ordinary vocations of life must be, for a time, suspended. Our brave soldiers are straining every nerve to win their own and our independence, and so must we bend all our energies to the task of attending those who require it. A few of us have determined to remain in the city as long  as there is a confederate soldier to care for; and we appeal to you all to lay aside your fear, forget your panic, dismiss all thoughts of “running,” and join us in the noble work, and when our liberty is established you can then claim your share of its rewards.