John W. De Forest | I have no time to analyze the the interesting feelings of free-born Yankees under this searching despotism. I can only say that the soldiers hated their colonel because they feared him; that, like true Americans they profoundly respected him because, as they said, "he knew his biz;" that they were excessively proud of the superior drill and neatness to which he had brought them against their wills; and that on the whole, they would not have exchanged him for any other regimental commander in the brigade. - Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty