--The Presbyterian, Catholic, and Methodist Churches at Washington, N. C.
, were all burnt by the Yankees
before they evacuated the town.
A letter from a lady residing there says:
left on Saturday and took all of the negroes with them; they did not leave a half dozen negroes in the town.
It was the greatest day I every witnessed, and God forbid I ever should witness such another scene; for while they were leading, the town was wrapped in one sheet of flames.--They had fired it in several places.
About one half of the town is burnt up — all the upper part; but never mind the losses, so we can only gain that independence which our sons are so nobly fighting for. I think more of the town would have been consumed, but the women turned out and worked like men. As the enemy had destroyed all the pumps, they had to bring the water from the river.
I never saw women in gear before; we buckled it on that day, and have kept it on ever since.
It is nothing now to see the most refined ladies going to the pump, for all have their own work to do now — there is not a negro to be had — There was one woman burnt to death, Mrs. Balance
, daughter of Mrs. Hoet
, and Mr. Frank Havens
get burnt quite severely in blowing up a house.