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The Last Days of the War in North Carolina"

Extracts from lecture delivered by North Carolina Senator Zebulon Vance, delivered in Baltimore, 1885

"General Sherman arrived in Fayetteville on the 10th of January, 1865. His
forces burned the arsenal, one of the finest in the United States. This he
might have properly done, but he also burned five private residences near
by; he burned the principal printing office, that of the Fayetteville
Observer; he burned the old Bank of North Carolina, eleven large
warehouses, five cotton mills, and quite a number of private dwellings in
other parts of the town, and in the suburbs almost a clean sweep was made.

In one locality nine houses were burned. Universally houses were gutted
before they were burned, and after everything portable was secured the
furniture was ruthlessly destroyed. Pianos, on which perhaps Rebel tunes
had been played---"Dixie" or "My Maryland"---disloyal bureaus, traitorous
tables and chairs, were cut to pieces with axes. Then, after all this
damage, fire was frequently applied and all consumed. Carriages and
vehicles of all kinds were wantonly destroyed or burned. Old men sometimes
had the shoes taken from their feet, the hats from their heads, and clothes
taken until they were almost denuded. Their wives and children were also
subjected to like treatment. In one instance, as the marauders left, they
>shot down a dozen cattle belonging to an old man and left their carcasses
lying in the yard.

Think of that, and then remember the grievance of the Pennsylvania Dutch
farmers, who came in all seriousness to complain to General Longstreet in
the Gettysburg campaign, of the outrage which some of his ferocious Rebels
had committed upon them by milking their cows.

On one occasion, at Fayetteville, four gentlemen were hung up by the neck
until nearly dead, to force them to disclose where their valuables were
hidden, and one of them was shot to death."

From The Confederate Veteran, May, 1898 issue, pp. 211-212
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