24 December 1864: “he walked out like a well bred dog and I rather think he will not make his appearance again”

Item Description: Entry dated 24 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia. 

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Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Saturday Dec 24th_______ Nothing happened this morning worthy of note except the intrusion of a Capt Dunbar on Kiltpatrick Staff who again came for Quarters and as Father was out I was obliged to receive him but did so standing up so that he could have no excuse for remaining longer than his business required him to do. I told him he could probably have our front parlor but as my father was out could not give him a positive answer; in a couple of hours he returned and asked to see me again. I went down to him and he told me the order had been counter manded and he should not require the room. I told him I was glad that we were relieved, when he remarked that he should call again as he wished to become personally acquainted with my Father  I gave him no answer but opened the front door for him and he walked out like a well bred dog and I rather think he will not make his appearance again and I certainly hope from the bottom of my heart- that he has paid his last visit. At two o’clock General Hazen came for Quarters and we have been forced to give him two rooms– our front parlor and a bed room the one we always kept for our friends- it is a hard trial but I suppose we must submit. I used to know this man before the war and I trust for that reason he will treat us with more consideration than some of our friends have received who have been obliged to receive Yankees in their houses. Well! that question is now settled and I hope our annoyance for the present are over, the anticipation however of having them among us is enough to make us prematurely old. 

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