Mary Chesnut (March 31, 1823 – November 22, 1886) was a South Carolina writer who kept a famous diary of the entire American Civil War from her perch in the South, and brings a refreshing and spirited account of it all.
Dr. Gibbs said he was at a country house near Manassas when a Federal soldier who had lost his way came in, exhausted. He asked for Brandy , which the lady of the house gave him. Upon second thought, he declined it. She brought it to him so promptly, he thought it might be poisoned. His mind was such.
She was enraged.
“Sir, I am a Virginia woman. Do you think I could be as base as that? Here- Bill, Tom, disarm this man he is our prisoner.” The negroes came running and the man surrendered without more ado. Another Federal was drinking at the well. A negro girl said, “You go in and see Missis.” the man went in she followed crying triumphantly, “Look here Missis, I got a prisoner too!”
They were not ripe for John Brown, you see.
The lady sent in her two prisoners, and Beauregard complimented her on here pluck nd her patriotism and her presence of mind.
Source: Mary Chesnut’s Civil War