"I am a Southern Rights man"
Unidentified cousin to Callie Anthony, November 13, 1860 [some pages are missing from end of letter], Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My cousin in Senatobia, Mississippi, wrote me this letter. He answered a bunch of my questions about some of our cousins who live there. Though it sounds like they've been kind of poorly, it is always nice to keep up with everyone's doings.
Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election just last week, and my cousin was already up in arms and ready for Mississippi to secede. He says that he lost his trust in the Union during the campaigning. In fact he doesn't consider himself a Democrat any longer. I'm pretty sure he is itching to fight a war. Oh, I hope it doesn't come to that!