Civil War letter of Mary Hite, April 12, 1861
Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, S.C., 12th and 13th Apr. 1861
- Pearce Museum at Navarro College (Corsicana, Tex)
- A resident of Shenandoah, Va., Mary Hite was in Macon, Ga., when Confederate troops opened fire upon Fort Sumter.
- Letter from Mary Hite to her brother Willie, pleading for him to fight for the South and relating news of the fighting at Fort Sumter, S.C. Mary writes of Lincoln, who "after acting so mean, low, even cowardly, has sent word that he intends to provision Fort Sumter." Mary is certain that this war will be the bloodiest ever known, but that the South will prevail. "I believe I could whip a dozen Yankeys with a pitcher of cold water- anyway if I get the chance I mean to try it."
- Mary pleads with her brother to fight for the South, should he be called upon to fight. "Lincoln shall never command one of my brothers." Mary mentions her visit to Fort Pulaski in Savannah, which is "well fortified, they fired twice a 32 pounder, either shot would have sunk a small vessel." Mary continues her letter later that evening, after hearing news that fighting has begun at Fort Sumter. "Gen B. demanded the fort this morning, and Maj A. refused to give it, so at four this morning they fired into the Fort. Maj A. is now returning fire- and ere the dawn of another day, many souls will be in eternity- the walls of the Fort are giving way- and soon I hope 'twill be in possession of S.C."
- Mary implores her brother to try and prepare for going into battle. "If you are a Christian I could see you die even upon the battlefields and be comforted, but oh the thought of you dying without hope of a better world is heart rending."
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