A brave woman.
--A friend has communicated to us the following particulars, showing the heroism of a lady (Mrs. Julia
) in Johnson county
, East Tennessee
, which entitles her to a place among the bravest of the brave.
About the 10th of August a mob of about 150 men in all, led by Johnson
, Grayson Locke
and others commended their depredations and insults in the county above named, near the North Carolina
line, hunting down the friends of the Confederate Government and forcing the weak and defenceless to take the cath of allegiance to Lincoln
A portion of this mob, some fifty or sixty in number, visited the house of Major McQueen
, and demanded of his wife to know where he was. She refused, at the peril of her life, to tell them; and after a sound cursing, which they received from an old negro woman, who had no respect for Lincoln
's minions, they left, and soon after visited the storehouse of Mr. Wm
, who was absent at the time.
marched his men up and surrounded the house, and demanded of Mrs. Waugh
all the arms and ammunition which her husband had. She told them her husband was absent, and had left her to take care of the store and defend the family.
They assured her that if she would quietly surrender the arms, she and the family should not be hurt.
She refused to comply with the demand, and gathering an are, placed herself in the door of the building, and told them she would split the head of the first man who attempted to enter.
She had with her her step-son, about it years of age, armed with a double-barreled gun and pistol; her daughter, about 16, armed with a repeater and a knife and a young man, who had volunteered to defend the building, was also armed.
They could and would have killed a dozen or so of the mob if the attack had been made.
They endeavored to intimidate Mrs. Waugh
, but she defied them, and taunted them with the sight of a Confederate flag which they had threatened to take from her; but she told them that before they took, that flag they would have to take her, and that while they were doing that she would be certain to have her
prize in the shape of a dead tory.
And there she stood, the impersonation of collected courage, defying that large, angry and desperate crowd, until at last, cowed, chagrined and mortified, they slowly retired, and soon after disband.
The courage and iron nerve of one woman — on other occasions tender and gentle as a child — had met and turned back from their purpose some fifty or sixty desperate men.
It was about this time that the militia of Ashe
, Watauga and other counties on the western line of this State, turned out in such large numbers to meet the Lincolnites of East Tennessee
is, we believe, a native of North Carolina
, and connected with the Waughs of Forsyth
and other counties in the north western part of the State
His wife is a brave and glorious woman.--Raleigh (N. C.) Standard, 14th.