"I fear Secession in all its forms"
Charlie [surname unknown] to Callie Anthony, February 20, 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My cousin, Charlie, lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and he wrote to me asking if I could visit him there. I hope I can go, but it is so hard to undertake a long journey. Anyway, I'm still in school right now; I can't just take off whenever I please!
I really don't understand how Charlie and so many others in Kentucky can have such strong pro-Union sentiments. He writes that he could never "vote to dissolve this great & glorious Union until every hope is lost for adjustment of our difficulties." If Kentucky doesn't follow with the rest of the South, I fear that the Yankees will make them give up their slaves.