Letter from Jabez Curry to his son, Thomas, a Confederate soldier.
@ Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130
DescriptionIn the letter Curry discusses a recent drought and the effects it will have on the Confederate cause: "If the drouth continues, and I fear it will, it will be the greatest of calamities to the Confederacy--with good seasons provisions would be made sufficient to support our people at home and in the army." He mentions the cotton trade and possible European involvement in the war: "Our congress must put a stop to cotton going into any of our ports or we are whiped--the Yanks had rather get 1000 bales of cotton than a victory in a large battle...I now fear that if England or France interfears with our war, they will propose a compromise in favour of the north--I am sure their sympathies are against us--but their interest is in cotton made by our negroes." He thinks that unionist sentiment is decreasing in Tennessee and Kentucky because of abolitionist involvement, and he predicts discord between the eastern and western states: "Nothing will satisfy a full New England Yankee, but to rule and have the advantage of others, and the brave Western people would not submit to that." A transcript of the letter is included. [Original spelling retained.]
1862 06 09
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