26 December 1864: “If we are Conquered I see no reason why we should receive our enemies as friends”

Item Description: Entry dated 26 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia. 


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:

Monday Dec 26th— This is the commencement of another week of unhappiness. I went today to see my grandparents the first time I had left the house and found them very much dispirited, Grandfather being unwell. The weather is warm and damp which always affects old persons  I therefore hope he will be better in a few days. Dr Ballinger spent this evening with us. In the course of the evening Mr Low our neighbor brought a Yankee over to see Father on business and I am sorry to say he was ushered into our family circle and although I did nothing more than bow when he entered he had impertinence enough to ask me to play the piano for him. I, of course, declined the honor and then the evening’s conversation. If we are Conquered I see no reason why we should receive our enemies as friends and I never shall do it so long as I live. Father is very much afraid that I will compromise him by my too open avowal of hatred, but I pray daily that he may be mistaken in his fears. 

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