"The shouts & yells of the negroes now assembled in thousands soon told us the Yankees were in the city, the mayor went out to meet them, & surrendered one of the most beautiful citys in the U.S.... our enemys entered, the hated flags waving, the loud & long cheers ringing through the air, the negroes shouts of welcom all pierced us to the heart...the whole city was now set on fire, 84 squares, 2/3 of the city was burned to the ground- the soldiers went from house to house setting them on fire, in every room, scarcely giving one time to get out, if you attempted to save anything they would snatch it from you & throw [it] into the flames..."
"I never far a moment doubted that victory would not be ours," Afron notes in the conclusion of her letter, "our poor soldiers endured every privation that man could live through but god is my judge I would rather be a Southern Pauper than a Yankee millionaire..."
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