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Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, I. Across Sherman's track (December 19-24, 1864) (search)
I should like to hang a Yankee myself. There was hardly a fence left standing all the way from Sparta to Gordon. The fields were trampled down and the road was lined with carcasses of horses, hogs, and cattle that the invaders, unable either to consume or to carry away with them, had wantonly shot down to starve out the people and prevent them from making their crops. The stench in some places was unbearable; every few hundred yards we had to hold our noses or stop them with the cologne Mrs. Elzey had given us, and it proved a great boon. The dwellings that were standing all showed signs of pillage, and on every plantation we saw the charred remains of the gin-house and packing-screw, while here and there, lone chimney-stacks, Sherman's Sentinels, told of homes laid in ashes. The infamous wretches! I couldn't wonder now that these poor people should want to put a rope round the neck of every red-handed devil of them they could lay their hands on. Hay ricks and fodder stacks were
Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 3 (search)
ernoon, bringing letters, and the letters brought permission to remain in South-West Georgia as long as we please, the panic about Kilpatrick having died out. I would like to be at home now, if the journey were not such a hard one. Garnett and Mrs. Elzey are both there, and Mary Day is constantly expected. I have not seen Garnett for nearly three years. He has resigned his position on Gen. Gardiner's staff, and is going to take command of a battalion of galvanized Yankees, with the rank of Lie little fish that one can catch them in the hand, and the swans go there to feed on them. The whole wood is fragrant with yellow jessamines and carpeted with flowers. Another letter from home that makes me more eager than ever to return. Gen. Elzey and staff are at our house, and the town is full of people that I want to see. March 2, Thursday We left Pine Bluff at eleven o'clock and reached the Blue Spring in time for lunch. Albert Bacon and Jimmy Chiles were there to meet us. Ha
Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 4 (search)
lberry St. No more gay uniforms, no more prancing horses, but only a few ragged foot soldiers with wallets and knapsacks on, ready to march-Heaven knows where. Gen. Elzey and staff left early in the morning to take up their new quarters either in Augusta or Washington, and if we had only known it, we might have gone out with them. The first thing we did after seeing everybody and shaking hands all round with the negroes, was to take a good bath, and I had just finished dressing when Mrs. Elzey called, with Cousin Bolling's friend, Capt. Hudson, of Richmond. He was an attache of the American legation in Berlin while Cousin Bolling was there studying hPeople may laugh, but these polished manners do make men very nice and comfortable to be with. They are so adaptable, and always know just the right thing to say and do. Mrs. Elzey says the general is coming to Washington with the rest of his staff, to remain till something is decided, and we begin to know what is before us.
Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 5 (search)
et in Milledgeville. April 23, Sunday Gen. Elzey and staff arrived early in the afternoon andhat the sun could not penetrate at noon-day. Gen. Elzey and all the staff were there. Our amusementound up with an old-fashioned Virginia reel, Gen. Elzey and I leading off. The general is too nice for anything. I told Mrs. Elzey that if she hadn't had first chance at him, I would fall over head antics of a squirrel up in the branches, when Gen. Elzey and Touch [name by which the general's son, they needed. A band of them made a raid on Gen. Elzey's camp and took nine of his mules. They excxplained. Capt. Palfrey and Capt. Swett, of Gen. Elzey's staff, called later to bid us good-by. Talmost as soon as he got into the house, and Mrs. Elzey would not let him be waked. One of his frie the saddle for three nights in succession. Mrs. Elzey says that Mr. Davis does not seem to have bearnett is going to send him away to-morrow. Gen. Elzey looks wretched, and we all feel miserable en[10 more...]
Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, V. In the dust and ashes of defeat (may 6-June 1, 1865). (search)
cks, without looking at what I am doing. Gen. Elzey called after tea, and I failed to recognize I have made friends only to lose them. Dear Mrs. Elzey is like a gleam of sunshine on a rainy day. he carried his negro off home unopposed. Mrs. Elzey took tea with us. The general and Capt. Hudss in the house when they came. They met Touch Elzey coming from school and taunted him with being day Aunt Sallie gave a dinner to Gen. and Mrs. Elzey. Everybody from our house was invited excepers during the day. Our gentlemen dined out. Gen. Elzey has been led to change his plan of going toAfter sitting awhile with Nora I went to see Mrs. Elzey and found her cutting off the buttons from tn ever since the crash came. I love him and Mrs. Elzey better than almost anybody else outside my own family. Father, too, is so fond of Mrs. Elzey that he laughs at her fiery rebel talk, no matter fought a duel with popguns, and when we saw Gen. Elzey coming up the avenue, we turned our popguns [8 more...]
Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 7 (search)
heads against one. June 5, Monday Went to call on Mrs. Elzey with some of our gentlemen, and talk over plans for a moin the sitting-room, and Garnett came in soon after with Gen. Elzey, who staid to dinner. Mother was dining out, but fortunhelping Capt. Hudson with his little dancing circle, and Gen. Elzey came in to look on, and we fooled away the time talking a number of friends to look on at the dancing lesson. Gen. Elzey, and Capt. and Mary Semmes seemed greatly amused, and Idressed up in our new finery and went to the bank, where Mrs. Elzey and the general and Capt. Semmes were sitting on the por July 14, Friday Making calls all the morning with Mrs. Elzey, and came home to dinner very tired and hungry. The general and Mrs. Elzey are really going to leave on Monday with Capt. Hudson, if they can raise the money. Col. Coulter Cabin the palmiest days of brass buttons and gold lace. Gen. Elzey took tea with us and the Lawtons called afterwards to se