What Monument Avenue Does
2 days ago
Yesterday when de sogers come I was out milkin' de cows and prayin' dat de Lord would send de Yankees. Massa had tried to scare us; he told us if de Yankees got hold of us dey would work us mos' to death, then send us off and sell us, but de Lord didn't tell me so, and I kep' prayin' dat dey would come. While I was milkin' I happened to raise my eyes bless de Lord, dere was de Yankees' heads poppin' up above de fence. Oh, my heart almos' jumped out of me for joy. Dey came right up and surrounded de house...I quit milkin' and walked right by de captain who told us all to get ready, he was going to take us out of slavery. Oh, dat made me feel good. I took de bucket of milk into de barn, set it down, and went into de yard...De boys was plowin' in de field and de captain sent sogers to tell 'em to unhitch the mules and hitch 'em to the wagon, and I tell you dey done it mighty quick. Dey put four mules to de wagon, den dey fetched out de carriage and fine horses and made 'em ready. Den we fetched out our old bags and old beds and put in de wagon, and dey told us to put in provisions to eat. I tell you it was all done mighty quick, and we drove off, some of us riden' in de fine carriage and de rest in de wagon. De sogers went before and behind us, and here we all is, bless de Lord.