Diary of Emma Holmes , March 4, 1865
Later two more knocked at the door, came in & entered into conversation with Mrs. M[ickle]. Finding them well behaved, I fired volley after volley of rebel shot at them. One was from Illinois, the other from Pennsylvania-both young, as indeed all are Sherman's army. . . . In fact, I hurled so many keen sarcasms, such home thrusts, that the Pennsylvanian said "I was the best rebel he had met, and that it was such women as I who kept up this war by urging on our brothers and friends."
. . . . When Dr. P[ickett] & the rest said there were no men left in the country to have impeded their march, I told him, if all the men who had taken to the woods to save themselves had formed bands & bushwhacked and harassed them at every step, the Yankees would not have walked like masters through the land. Dr. P[ickett] answered, if we had bushwhacked, they would have burned our houses-the coward spirit showing itself everywhere. Crouch said I was right, for they were terrible afraid of bushwhackers. I said every boy capable of bearing a gun ought to turn [out]. Dr. P[ickett] maintained they could not stand it. I told him plenty had gone out & stood it, & it was better they should die in the defense of their country than live under Yankee rule. He went on to say he had always been a Conservative & Moderate & opposed to Secession, and believed like Mr. John Mickle, that we ought to have waited for an overt act.
I wished him joy of his Yankee masters & thought he deserved them.
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