Monday, May 1st 1865
. . . I had just torn my clothes out of my trunk &c when many horseman galloped by — shouting & shooting. And for a moment I did not dream, it was the foe, but then it came — “the Yankees, the Yankees!” And all of us rushed together screaming. Ma & the children — white & black — & we girls — negroes all willing to help us bring & hide clothes & silver &c — some of them crying in terror.
We found they were pursuing some of Wheeler’s & other S. cavalry passing through & taking up all the men prisoners — paroling some — passing by those who had paroles from Lee’s army, but confining many in the C.H. for a few days. Clifton was so excited & rash — rushed out toward those who were rushing madly past exclaiming “what does this mean?” &c.
Thursday, June 22nd
. . . I went in to see Baylis Earle’s family too — Eugenia stiff — talks much of Dr. Cooly. Tense & children — Joe Adams — a prisoner who took the oath while living in the North. Queer changes in a few years!
A Faithful Heart The Journals of Emmala Reed, 1865 and 1866