"You were supprised to hear of my marriage"
Sue Gilmore Atkins to "Ever dear Cousin" (probably Callie Anthony), March 14, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: I can't believe that Sue married the widower! In her last letter she said he was too old. I guess she got over that. So Sue Gilmore is now Sue Atkins! I'm really pleased for her and jealous too. She sounds so worldly in her opinions of marriage, even though she's been married for only a month now. Her home sounds lovely: so nice and well-set, and twenty servants too! It is unfortunate she lost her house girl. I hope that Mr. Atkins will get her another. Sue will be helpless without someone to see to her.
Sue is hopeful that Southerners "can get their rights without fighting." I hope she's right. Virginia's convention is still debating whether we should remain part of the Union. Maybe Virginia could secede without having to fight a war.