"I felt like I would almost die when the summons came for my dear boy."
Emily Leftwich Haden to Callie Anthony, n.d. [ca. May 1861], Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My Aunt Emily Haden (she married my Ma's brother, but she's also one of Pa's nieces) wrote me soon after her eldest son Clarence enlisted. She and Cousin Emilia (her daughter) are distraught over Clarence being in harms way. My brother Johnny left school to enlist too. He joined up on April 3 in Campbell County. I'm so glad that Aunt Emily says Johnny was cheerful when they left, but I miss him so already.
My aunt writes that she hopes "the difficulty may yet be settle without the loss of the lives of our dear fellows citizen & that all of those Northern Scamps may go to their own places & let us & our institutions alone." I agree. I hope that none of our boys will ever actually have to fight. Aunt Emily related that one of her friends thinks that Abraham Lincoln and the rest will be run out of Washington within ten days. I hope it is true!