November 17, 1864
Up early the next day, good breakfast. Yesterday’s prisoners had a lot of ground coffee, sugar, some pork, even cornbread. Capture 20 Yanks. Kill a few. Farmers told to send them to Athens. Sell a good horse or mule for $25, though worth $150. Give the cattle to the citizens.
4 miles north of town, cross Alcove River, big as a creek when low. Ascend when entering town. Square (circle) between Usher & Floyd, red brick buildings, L.Q. Lamar practiced law on corner of Floyd and Pate St. (1847-54) before elected to Newton County state legislature. White clapboard houses, occasional brick, some columns, trees overhang, on Floyd. Yellow River west of town. Covington road provides a vista. Sherman neckties begin to get wrapped around the trees. Some twisted into the letters US. Slaves begin fleeing toward the March. Slaves told that Yankees had horns on their heads. Man named Jones the sole defender of the city, left dead in the street. More looting: hams on bayonets, dripping chunks of honeycombs, canteens filled with sorghum. Covington plundered. Steal clothing, some wearing women’s hats. The bummers all have beards. Four separate parties dig up the same dead dog in a pine box, looking for silver spoons or gold. Call slaves Sambo or Dinah. Steal every horses, even buggy ones. Stolen mule during a funeral procession in Chamblee’s Mill. Family carriages drawn by a goat, a cow with a bell, and a jackass, with a sheep and calf tied behind. Loaded with pumpkins, chickens, cabbages, guinea fowls, carrots, turkeys, onions, squashes, a shoat, sorghum, a looking-glass, Italian harp, sweetmeats, a peacock, a rocking chair, a gourd, a bass viol, sweet potatoes, a cradle, dried peaches, honey, a baby carriage, peach brandy, a plug hat replete with captured military plume, a citizen’s saddle with bed quilt or table cloth, shavedtail knockkneed railfence mules, sacks of meal, pecks of potatoes, coffee pots, jugs of vinegar and a bed cord, razorback hogs. Scouts camp near Oxford.