1/07 — June 1862, 6 items.6 letters dated June 1862, to his wife containing references to slavery; the “lordly” planters teaching the common people to regard northerners as a “race of heathens full of treachery, brutality and villainy;” some southerners believing that northerners denied the existence of a God and worshipped “idols of wood and stone;” the rebellion having assumed “gigantic proportions;” his observation that the “worst calamity” which could befall a nation was civil war;  asking his wife not to do wash to support their family; southerners believing that Union troops would “violate the chastity of the women, murder the children and free all the slaves,” and thinking that Union troops were black; Colonel Samuel H. Steedman; and advising her to be careful of smallpox.




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