Edmund Ruffin, Diary Entry, June 17, 1865

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    Reprinted in Eric H. Walther, The Fire-Eaters (Baton Rouge, LA: University of Louisiana Press, 1992), 229-231. 
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    John Osborne, Dickinson College
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    I here declare my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule - to all political, social & business connection with Yankees - & to the Yankee race.
    Would that I could impress these sentiments, in their full force, on every living southerner, & bequeath them to every one yet to be born! May such sentiments be held universally in the outraged & downtrodden South, though in silence & stillness, until the now far-distant day shall arrive for just retribution for Yankee usurpation, oppression, & enslaved Southern States! May the maledictions of every victim to their malignity, press with full weight on the perfidious Yankee people & their perjured rulers - & especially on those of the invading forces who perpetrated, & their leaders & higher authorities who encouraged, directed, or permitted, the unprecedented & generally extended outrages of robbery, rapine & destruction, & house-burning, all committed contrary to the laws of war on non-combatant residents, & still worse on aged men & helpless women!
    And now with my latest writing and utterance, & with what will [be] near to my latest breath, I here repeat, & would willingly proclaim, my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule - to all political, social, & business connection with Yankees, & to the perfidious, malignant, & vile Yankee race.
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