"'Old Abe' has sent his minions & hemmed us in completely."
Unidentfied cousin to Callie Anthony, May 6, 1861, [last pages missing], Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: This letter is possibly from my cousin Clarence, but I lost the last page and I don't have his signature anymore. He enlisted with my brother Johnny in April 1861. Writing from Norfolk, he told me all about the Union blockade of the harbor there as well as the desertion of the navy yard by the United States. I was so glad to hear from him that the navy yard was not completely destroyed. I'll bet he's right about United States Army General Winfield Scott wanting to get it back! Initial news we heard just told of the fire and retreat. It is frustrating having to wait for news, and so often when it gets here it isn't quite correct.
I had to laugh about the soldiers feasting on seafood and fresh peas while they withstand the blockade. Still, I hope he is right that Abraham Lincoln will be forced to recognize the independence of the Confederacy soon. The story about the troops from Petersburg was funny too. It would have served William White right if he had been brought out to the crowd. White was at the convention in Richmond in April representing Norfolk County, and he voted against secession.
I agree with my cousin that maybe "a wall between us that would reach to heaven itself if possible" would be the best way to solve the problems between the North and the South.