“When de Yankees come throu’ they was jus’ as thick as you ever saw black   birds on de ground from 6:00 o’clock in de mornin’ ’till 5:00 o’clock at   night. De sun was in eclipse all day. Lot o’ people thought de world was   comin’ to de end, an they run in de river an’ drounded their selves. Dese   Yankees was a ridin two deep (two on each horse). They took over 800 bales o’   cotton from my boss man. Jus’ went in de pasture an’ got twelve or thirteen   yearlings an’ a fatenin’ hog from him.”



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