July 19 1861 Wrote Julia “The Secessionists commit every outrage upon the Unionists.”

July 19 1861 Wrote Julia “When we first came here there was a terrible state of fear existing among the people.  They thought that every horror known in the whole catalog of disasters following a state of war was going to be their portion at once.  But they are now becoming much more reassured.  They find that all troops are not the desperate characters they took them for.  Some troops have behaved badly in this part of the state and given good grounds for fear, but they have behaved no worse than their own people.  The Secessionists commit every outrage upon the Unionists.  They seize their property, drive them out of the state etc. and destroy the railroad track wherever they find it without a guard.”

Papers of Ulysses S Grant vol 2 p 72-73

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