article taken from the Confederate Veteran mag., dated April, 1928, page 138.
MRS. MARY S. WHILDEN of Charleston, S.C., possessed a valued walking cane, in former years the property of a gallant soldier brother who had made the supreme sacrifice on the bloody field of Secessionville. She had brought it among other treasures to Columbia, sharing the prevalent belief that the city was safe. As she left the house, her cane, stuck in her girdle, was seized by a passing Federal soldier. But the plucky lady wrenched it from his hand and raising it over his head, she exclaimed " That cane belonged to a dead Confederate soldier who would never have harmed or insulted a woman, and if you will have it, I will break it over your head and you can take it in two pieces ! "
" Woman", said the soldier, " you can keep your stick".
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