- Jul 23, 2017
- Southwest Missouri
“You may overrun the whole South," said Mrs. C——, “you may burn our towns, lay waste our plantations, maim or kill the last man, but then, sir, we will arm our boys with squirt-guns, and put one behind every stump in the land. What will you do then?"
“Oh,” replied the Colonel, “in that case we will be compelled to call out and arm enough of your n----s to surround all the stumps."
”But when you have accomplished all that, we, the women of the South will bare our breasts to the Federal bayonets.”
“You dare not do that, madam."
“Why not, sir?”
“For the simple reason, madam, it is unlawful. Your Confederate Congress made it criminal for you to expose your cotton to the Yankee forces."
The lady retired suddenly, while the listeners laughed uproariously.
The Tribune Almanac for the Years 1838-1868