The Yankees in King George.
The depredations of the Yankees
in King George and the adjoining counties still continue, and many of the citizens have suffered severely, having their crope destroyed, their cattle stolen, and servants carried off. The following extracts are from a letter written by a lady of King George county
giving some facts regarding matters in that section:
‘"When I last wrote to you we thought the Yankees
were under good discipline, and that the officers would prevent maranding, but we soon found our mistake.
They grow bolder and bolder every day, finding no troops here to oppose them, entirely destroying some farms, and wantonly shooting all the stock, while the influence they exerted over the servante was almost beyond endurance.--The Lieutenant-Colonel
of a regiment now here, with 200 men, rode through our quarters, telling the servants they were all free, and as good as their masters; that they must not do any work he had come to fight for their freedom, and, if he could, he would give ten lives for them.
He also invited them to come over to the camp, and bring fine horses with them.
This discourse had the effect of making all the avallable men go off. Among them our coachman, in whom we had the greatest confidence.
They took all our carriages and riding horses, &c. Learning that these were sometimes returned, mama went up to the camp herself.
was very polite, and gave her an order for the horses, which were restored, but the men we shall never see. I cannot deseribe to you the desolation of Fredericksburg
The town is entirely under the rule of negroes.
They go to their masters and say they will not work without wages, and demand large sums for the least service; the Yankees
exulting over their impertinences.
are grazing their horses on all the wheat fields, and taking every bushel of corn they can find.
You remember the beautiful place of the Seddons.
He is in the army, and they are eneamped on the place.
No one can imagine what Mrs.
S. has endured.
I trust our faith will not waiver under any circumstances, and I would give up all for our beloved Confederacy."’