"Thrown off the shackles of Lincoln ism"
Unidentified cousin to Callie Anthony, May 2, 1861, [last pages missing], Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My cousin in Senatobia, Mississippi, wrote to me after he heard that Virginia had seceded. He was so happy. All of the other states were waiting on edge to see what we would do. The convention in Richmond voted for secession on April 17, and soon the voters will decide whether to ratify the decision.
My cousin is a doctor, but he says he has joined an artillery company. I wish he wasn't so eager to fight. I know it is an honorable cause, but it seems to me all the young men in the family are going to be soldiers.
It's so funny that they tar and "cotton" Unionists down there! And the idea of posting them by train to Horace Greeley, that New York abolitionist, is hilarious. That kind of punishment is too good for anyone who would incite the negroes to rebel. I had not realized how large the proportion of negroes to white people is near my cousin's home. I'm sure he is right about the loyalty of most servants, though. They are happier in the care of white folks.