C136 Southern Civilian Letter

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C137 Valley letter web.jpg

C136 Southern Civilian Letter

89.50

Written in Winchester, VA 13 April 1861, this is a very handsome and newsy letter from Ginnie McGill to her cousin, a young man away at school. She chides herself for being a poor correspondent and complains about the unseasonable spring weather; “It feels and looks more like winter.” She writes of visiting family members, health matters, religion, and a wedding. She reports on a long letter from cousin Archie who “was of course much excited on the subject of politics, thinks Virginia should go out at once and so do I!” She allows that Virginia’s lack of action has exacerbated the impending war situation. “I do not think they would care to trifle with 15 southern states, and if they did, they would do it at their cost...” This is a very readable, 6-page letter (5½" x 7¼")and particularly interesting because of the comments about secession

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