Sarah Ker Butler letter, 1863 March 8

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Creator:Butler, Sarah Ker, 1823-1868
Title:Sarah Ker Butler letter, 1863 March 8

Letter from Sara E. Ker Butler, Natchez, to Margaret Butler, informing her that she is now living in Natchez because she had to leave her home in Terrebonne Parish, La. The first four pages are mostly gossip, but then she recounts her discussion with Dr. [Stephen] Duncan regarding prospects for the future state of affairs ""he still clings to the idea of a reunion"" but she says he does not have an idea of the general feeling because doesn't get out much. He thinks they will be starved into submission. She puts her faith in Heaven ""whose will can move or stay both Federals and Confederates." She then relates a story that Federals at Grosse Tete, La., sent back handcuffed contrabands who had come to them:""I think it likely they are tired of the Elephant."

Subjects:Butler, Margaret, 1821-1890 | Duncan, Stephen, 1787-1867 | Fugitive slaves--Louisiana | Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Religious aspects | women | slaves | race relations and racial attitudes | politics and elections | attitudes about war | religion
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
Original Material:

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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