"A strange report comes from a public school in Louisville.
It is that "Marching through Georgia" is sung in school
there. A special in the Atlanta Constitution states that Laura
Talbot Galt, aged thirteen, a pupil, refused to sing "March
ing through Georgia," as her teacher Miss Sue Allen, in
structed. Miss Galt has been withdrawn and complaint made
to the superintendent. She not only refused to sing "Marching
through Georgia," but she put her fingers in her ears
when the school was singing the song, and was reprimanded.
Mrs. Laura Talbot Ross, the
grandmother of little Miss Galt,
is a Daughter of the American
Revolution amd a Daughter of the
Confederacy. She instructed her
grandchild to obey her teacher,
but to protest against singing
The little girl says that Miss
Allen her teacher, refused to
listen to her essays in which she
gave the Confederates credit for bravery
on land and sea."
Letters poured in from every state thanking the child
for standing up for the truth and for her parents removing
her from such a bad school.
Miss Laura then said,
"As for putting my fingers in my ears I did that because I
would not listen to a song that declares such a tyrant and
coward as Sherman and his disgraceful and horrible march
through Georgia and the Carolinas to be glorious. I did not
think, at the time, the teacher would think it very bad. I felt
that forcing Southern girls who were in the room to
or listen to such a song was an insult that I could not stand."
Volume X No 7