es, and the costliest furniture.
Valuable cabinets, rich pianos, were not only hewn to pieces, but bottles of ink, turpentine, oil, whatever could efface or destroy, was employed to defile and ruin.
Horses were ridden into the houses.
Beautiful homesteads of the parish gentry, with their wonderful tropical gardens, were ruined.
Ancient dwellings of black cypress, one hundred years old, were given to the torch as recklessly as were the rude hovels.
Choice pictures and works of art, from Europe, select and numerous libraries, objects of peace wholly, were all destroyed.
The inhabitants were left to starve, compelled to feed only upon the garbage to be found in the abandoned camps of the soldiers.
The corn scraped up from the spots where the horses fed, was the only means of life left to thousands lately in affluence.
Sherman had in his army a service which he seems proud to have exhibited as a novel and unique feature — that of so-called bummers.
The wretches thus curiously d