Excerpt from: “A Yankee Spy in Richmond: The Civil War Diary of ‘Crazy Bet’ Van Lew”

By Elizabeth Van Lew January 24, 1864 Alas for the suffering of the very poor! Women are begging for bread with tears in their eyes, and a different class from ordinary beggars. What an experience is that of an intelligent person, born and brought up in the Southern States, and continuing their residence there through…
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