Weekly Columbus Enquirer (Georgia), November 4, 1862
A letter from Nashville, published in the Rebel, states that any citizen is grateful at the close of each day that his house is not burned, and that he is himself outside of the Penitentiary. Throughout Sumner county a “silk dress war” is waged by the abolition thieves. A silk dress will attract a Yankee five miles from his line of march. Those of Gen. Mitchell’s men now out of service have opened shops where the dresses of Huntsville ladies are exposed for sale. Negley’s followers expect to do a flourishing business in the same line. Pope’s orders as to private property of non-combatants are enforced by Negley. Cannot Gen. Forrest retaliate on Negley’s officers as was done on Pope’s?
A Yankee Dutch officer robbed an old lady of her spectacles while she was reading her Bible. A gallant Yankee officer, by threatening to cut off her finger, forced a young lady to deliver to him a diamond ring. Another officer tore an ear-ring from the ear of a lady while she was unfastening the other to deliver to him. The only cow which furnished sustenance to an infant was killed in the presence of the widowed mother of the child. Her house had already been plundered, and she and the infant were left to starve.
Such are the deeds committed by the followers of Andrew Johnson, and in his very official presence.