Alie Austen McMurran letter, 1861 May 7

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Creator:McMurran, Alie Austen, d. 1899
Title:Alie Austen McMurran letter, 1861 May 7

Letter from Alie McMurran, Melrose, Natchez, to her mother, Mrs. George Austen, Baltimore County, Maryland, regarding men preparing for war and her disdain for Maryland that it did not secede early, as states on both sides will find her present policy contemptible. She relates how some families have all their men going to war and fears her husband is not up to the work of soldier life. She remarks ""Tis a desperate spirit these republicans have raised." Finally, she recounts a warm reception she received from the slaves and wishes abolitionists could have witnessed the scene.

Subjects:Austen, George, Mrs | Secession--Southern States | Slaves--Mississippi | Abolitionists--United States | Mississippi--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | politics and elections, women | slaves | slavery | race relations and racial attitudes | secession | attitudes about war
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
Original Material:

McMurran-Austen Family Papers, Mss. 4795


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McMurran-Austen Family Papers, Mss. 4795, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

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