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    Commencement of the War Ft. Sumter Letter. 12-page letter written on three sets of bifolium stationery, [n.p., apparently Charleston, South Carolina] from Mrs. C. Joyner to her friend Mrs. Hathaway, dated April 13, 1861 during the attack on Ft. Sumter. "Can you believe that I am writing at this moment under the most intense state of excitement? War has actually commenced, finally commenced, on Fort Sumter at 4 o'clock yesterday morning... We are all uneasily to hear from Ft. Pickens tis feared that will be bloody work. The federal government had every advantage but our men nerve, daring, and a strong sense of right. Northerners will find it no childs play... they will find what stuff our Southern men are made of... Just look at the preparations around Charleston. The work that has been done in such an incredible short space of time who did it, not Irish and Dutch ditchers... Seven thousand troops are stationed here now when twas suggested they would have a land attack, the city was surrounded in a few hours at night by armed men... [I have] two nephews at Ft. Moultrie and a brother in Charleston with an hundred and fifty men ready to be called out at a moments notice... [my nephew Captain Boggs] has been sent to Pensacola with sealed instructions. I have not been able to collect my thoughts today. Mr. Joyner is so calm he provoked me. I told him I could not bear to see him apparently so indifferent. His reply somewhat satisfied me: 'my wife I am just as much excited inwardly as you appear to be outwardly.' Is it not sad to think of this fight between brothers?... I believe with proper measures we might have been as we once were, but the time past with the firing of those guns yesterday... Five hundred negroes are employed in throwing up sand banks in Pensacola... The free blacks in Charleston have offered their services... We are all so delighted to think Old Virginia is waking up. She telegraphed to Charleston offering sympathy, and men and money if needed." Fully half of the letter is taken up with comments regarding the commencement of the war. Interestingly, the writer describes she and her husband as Unionists, but the attack on Ft. Sumter has served to unite all in the Southern cause. An exceptional letter in all respects.

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