Savannah, Ga. – Dec. 23, 1864
SOUTHERN MANSIONS LOOTED BY SOLDIERS
Northern soldiers have been terrorizing the Georgia countryside for the past several days with their looting of the huge mansions which have been left unprotected. Meeting no resistance, the Union looters have entered the large estates and stripped them of their valuables. Clothes, jewels and furniture have been carried out by the soldiers and sent back home to their own families. Women and children have been forced to flee from their homes, rather than put up with the abuse of the intruders. The plantations and mansions are usually burned once the Northern soldiers have emptied them out. Homeless victims, who once lived in huge, graceful plantations, wander the countryside for days without food or shelter.