Army Letters From An Officer's Wife, 1871-1888, By Frances M.A. Roe


For Jefferson Davis knew that Faye's father was an officer in the
Navy, and that he had bravely and boldly - Page 160
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For Jefferson Davis Knew That Faye's Father Was An Officer In The Navy, And That He Had Bravely And Boldly

Done his very best toward the undoing of the Confederacy; and by his never-failing, polished courtesy to that father's

Son - even when sitting by pieces of shell and patched-up walls - the President of the Confederacy set an example of dignified self-restraint, that many a Southern man and woman - particularly woman - would do well to follow.

For in these days of reconstruction officers and their families are not always popular. But at Pass Christian this summer we have received the most hospitable, thoughtful attention, and never once by word or deed were we reminded that we were "Yank-Tanks," as was the case at Holly Springs the first year we were there. However, we did some fine reconstruction business for Uncle Sam right there with those pert Mississippi girls - two of whom were in a short time so thoroughly reconstructed that they joined his forces "for better or for worse!"

The social life during the three years we have been in the South has most of the time been charming, but the service for officers has often been most distasteful. Many times they have been called upon to escort and protect carpetbag politicians of a very low type of manhood - men who could never command one honest vote at their own homes in the North. Faye's company has been moved twenty-one times since we came from Colorado three years ago, and almost every time it was at the request of those unprincipled carpetbaggers.

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