Sarah Ker Butler letter, 1861 April 16

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Creator:Butler, Sarah Ker, 1823-1868
Title:Sarah Ker Butler letter, 1861 April 16

Letter from Sara E. Ker Butler, Le Carpe Plantation, Terrebonne Parish, La., to Margaret Butler relates news of the bombardment of Ft. Sumter and excitement in Houma:""those who wished to go (nearly all had signed an agreement to that effect, among them some who ought to be home, taking care of their wives and children)" She also relates news of the capture of Ft. Sumter, thankful to hear none were killed on either side and credits U.S. Major Robert Anderson ""with trained gunners must have tried not to hurt anyone"" She discusses how she feels it is impossible to have enthusiasm for ""our side," admitting we should defend our rights but a war of brother vs. brother is awful.

Subjects:Butler, Margaret, 1821-1890 | Anderson, Robert, 1805-1871 | Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.)--Siege, 1861 | Houma (La.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Public opinion | women | politics and elections | attitudes about war | military | secession
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
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Margaret Butler Correspondence, Mss. 1068


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Margaret Butler Correspondence, Mss. 1068, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

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