After night passes, they wake up and go on with the journey.
They get to a neighbor's plantation, but it's deserted.
Prissy is largely useless, worrying about ghosts and generally whining, so Scarlett curses at her and even beats her. It seems like we're supposed to think this is justified.
Melanie is very sick and can barely move, and she doesn't have milk, so her baby can't eat.
But finally they get to Tara. The family is there, but Ellen has died of typhoid.
Pork, Gerald's servant, tells her that some of the slaves have run away; Pork calls them "trashy." The Yankees have taken most of the food, but Scarlett gets Pork to dig up yams and she remembers where some whisky is hidden as well.
Gerald explains that the house was left standing because the Yankees used it as a headquarters.
There was a Yankee captain who agreed not to burn the house since there were sick women inside; he helped care for Scarlett's sisters as well.
Scarlett gets her father drunk so he'll go to sleep, and drinks a good bit herself.
Dilcey is still there, and feeds Melanie's baby.
Mammy comes, and Scarlett is relieved to see her and at the same time compares her to a monkey, because even in the most extreme of trials, she can't put down her racism for even a moment.
Mammy tells Scarlett about Ellen, who apparently caught typhoid fever while caring for the Slatterys.
Mammy says that Ellen died calling Philippe's name.
Scarlett decides she will persevere and keep Tara and protect everyone—she's all grown up now, after her trial.