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Letter, 5 Sept. 1863, Barton S. Walters to Mother

Letter, 5 Sep[tember] 1863, of Union soldier Barton S. Walters, Co. A, Thirty-ninth Illinois Volunteers, stationed at Morris Island was written to his mother and speaks out against fellow Northerners calling for peace at all costs.

Walters writes, "there are some now who say...lets settle this without any more bloodshed now I want to see the Union of the states before the Bloodshed is stopped it would not look right neither would it be right to settle now after loosing so many noble & Brave men unless we have the enemy subjugated make them lay down their arms swear allegience to their country & seek refuge under the Star Spangled Banner then & not till then will I be willing to come to any settlement with them."

Walters expresses his belief that "the fall of Charleston will be the death blow to Rebellion" and prays that "God speed the day when their cursed Palmetto Rag is torn down & the Red White & Blue may be seen proudly floating in the Breeze."


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