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	On the March for Richmond.
claring that she hadn�t tasted any for six months
or more.   The young women had retired to one
of the inner or upper rooms, but presenting reappear-
ed, one of them, having adorned herself with clean
white cotton stockings, shoes and sandals.      None
of them were pretty, but youngish and therefore
not disagreable.     I established a rudimentar
flirtation with one, and presently asked her whet-
her she had not supposed that the Yankees would
have done dreadful things to her and her compan-
ions?   �Yes,� she said; �a body couldn�t hear of
such without being frightened some!�    �Dey said
de Yankees would carry �em off and marry �em,�
added the yellow girl � decidedly the handsomest
of the party � �I tole �em it was all stuff an�
nonsense: de Yankees hab pretty ladies of dere
own, to home!�     In fact the girls had all ex-
pected a much worse fate than matrimony.
General Hancock passing, I got a protection
paper written by him for the old woman, and
then we resumed our ride.         Another house,
near Slatersville, the poor white, its owner,
and his miserable wife having been despoiled
of all they had, but one horse, whom we advi-
sed their putting into the stable, the parlor � any-
place with a lock on it.       These people had been 
pillaged by their own army; the Virginian troops
behaved well, they said, but not those from the               
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