Confederate troops captured the town of Plymouth, North Carolina, on April 21, 1864, then moved toward the town of Washington. In response, the Union commanding officer at Washington was ordered to evacuate his occupation garrison and the town, which was completed on April 30. But word of the evacuation got around quickly, and the trouble began on April 27. We learn what happened, in part, from General Order no 5, issued on May 3 by the Union commander of the District of North Carolina, based in New Bern.
A portion . . . [of the troops of this command] have within a few days been guilty of an outrage against humanity, which brings the blush of shame to the cheek of every true man and soldier. It is well known that during the late evacuation of Washington, North Carolina, that town was fired [burned], and nearly, if not entirely, consumed, thus wantonly rendering useless and homeless hundreds of poor women and children, many of them the families of soldiers in our own army . . .And this was done by men in the military service of the United States . . .
The army vandals did not even respect the charitable institutions, but bursting open the doors of the Masonic and Odd Fellows' lodges, pillaged them both, and hawked about the streets the regalia and jewels . . . Both public and private stores were entered and plundered, and . . . devastation and destruction ruled the hour . . . The ranks [of the Army of North Carolina] are disgraced by men who are not soldiers, but thieves and scoundrels, dead to all sense of honor and humanity, for whom no punishment can be too severe.
On May 30, the same general published a Circular Order, which stated in part:
During the afternoon of that day [April 27] there appears to have been instances of theft, and before morning of Thursday [April 28] pillaging commenced, at first in the quartermaster's store of the First North Carolina (Union) Volunteers . . . , which during the day became general.
Government stores, sutlers' [civilian merchants] establishments, dwelling-houses, private shops, and stables, suffered alike. Gangs of men patrolled the city, breaking into houses and wantonly destroying such goods as they could not carry away. The occupants and owners were insulted and defied in their feeble endeavors to protect their property . . . The sack was checked only by the lack of material to pillage, and ceased only with the final abandonment of the town . . .
None of the troops in Washington on . . . [April 28] can reasonably claim to escape a share of the shame and odium which the history of those few days has . . . caused.
Remember that Yankees had always considered Southerners to be barbarians. Yankee behavior throughout the war was far more depraved and despicable than the ancient barbarians. Vikings, Goths, Mongols, and Huns had been motivated primarily by hunger and the need for land to raise their families and live in peace. Yankees were motivated by pure evil, a total lack of self-respect, respect for others, or any sense of basic human decency or dignity. They were animals, although that is an insult to animals, because wild animals are not expected to have a moral awareness.
These are the feral animals that controlled the North and invaded the South. These are the ancestors of tyrannical, despotic, arrogant politicians who still largely control America from the northeast. Let us all acknowledge the proud heritage of today's northeastern establishment elite. Today they are not as feral, but they retain the genetic potential and the same mental attitude.
Learn more about the Civil War and Yankees' odious behavior in it, here.