The Yankees and the British.
in their numerous acts of pillage and robbery in the country adjacent to Richmond
, the Yankees
have followed the example of the British
in Revolutionary times though their excesses have proved a more faithful imitation of savages or sepoysyhan of any nation or people professing to be civilized An aged lady of Henrico county
need to narrate many occurrence of by gone times, showing that in dealing with the early invaders of Virginia
exhibited a spirit which continues to their descendants at the present day. The following is one of the incidents in her personal tory twisted in her own language.
‘"A whole parcel of the British
rode up here one day. y happened to be away and so were all the leads our one man. They said they must have and tread and whatever they wanted and asked for my keys.
They soon had the most of my meat cut of the smoke house, my meal and and they fried and baked and called for liquor, and said they must have forage for their horses.
Well they eat and drank and tried to destroy what they could not eat and drink and some of them not make the rebel drink a toast.
I said I had not drink — then with an oath, they said you shall drink.
Well I said give me a glass and I'll drink a toast for you. I then held up the glass and said Success to General Washington
and de to Cornwallis"’
We have head many instances barely of a similar character.
omit no opportunity of remarking farm-houses where they know there are none but ladies and children to encounter but our ‘"fair rebels"’ never let them depart without giving them the benefit of some very decided and emphatic Southern sentiment at which the valorous warriors curse and rave immoderately.
Not long ago, on a Sunday morning, a party of Yankees visited the house of Rev. Robert Beadles
, in Hanover county
, when there was no one at home except two ladies.
Observing a number of fowls in the yard a surgeon stepped up to Mrs.
B. and abruptly told her that he wanted some of them.
She pointed out the younger ones which any person of good taste would prefer for culinary purposes, but these he refused to take — he wanted the ancient hens, the patriarchs of the flock and for these he was willing to pay one dollar apiece in Federal coin.
The lady declined to part with them on any terms when this ruffianly knight of the scalpel broke out in a violent rage, abused and cursed her, and actually compelled her to catch the coveted fowls herself, while a number of lounging Yankees looked on and enjoyed the spectacle.
He then offered to pay her in Lincoln
's Treasury notes — an act which elicited a response of no very complimentary nature.
The people of our neighboring counties will long remember the outrages of the vandal foe, which serve to intensify their hatred for a Government now waging an unscrupulous war under the hypocritical ca of veneration for the ‘ "old flag."’