James Ford Rhodes (18481927). History of the Civil War, 18611865 1917.
against the social fabric under which they and their mothers had been reared and that the war which caused their sufferings had been forced upon the South which was now defending her vested rights. The devastation of country, the wanton destruction in cities, the pillage conducted by the more disreputable Northern soldiers exasperated them to a point where they could no longer control their feelings but gave vent to violent expressions of indignation, some of which are recorded in the diaries of the period. If all the words of hatred in every language, wrote a young Georgia woman, were lumped together into one huge epithet of detestation they could not tell how I hate Yankees.
Fully as noticeable as at the North was the profound religious sentiment pervading soldiers and people. A preacher spoke of the active piety which prevailed in the army and Seddon attested a large religious element and much devotional feeling.1 George Cary Eggleston related that in the last year of the war a revival took place among Lees soldiers. Prayer meetings were held in every tent. Testaments were in every hand and a sort of religious ecstasy took possession of the army. In the annals of the Episcopal Church, an incident is recorded which serves pleasantly to relieve the general bitterness of the war. The bishops and clergy of the South appealed to their brethren at the North to send down two or three thousand prayer books and a quantity of church tracts for use in the Confederate Army: the United States Government gave permission for passing these through the lines of the Union Army.