Letter, 9 Oct. 1861, Louis Perrin Foster (Selma, Va.) to Mrs. B.B. Foster (Glen Springs, S.C.)
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Letter, 9 October 1861, of L[ouis] P[errin] Foster, writing from Selma (Albemarle County, Virginia), to his mother, Mrs. B.B. Foster, in Glen Springs (Spartanburg Dist[rict], South Carolina), comments on the impressment of wagons and teams to use in hauling provisions from Staunton, Va., to the Confederate army in the "western wing." | Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
"I am glad this war has not broken out in S.C.," Foster goes on to say. "You have no idea how heavily it bears on some of the Virginians who live near the Scene of war and who are Loyal citizens. The yankee Virginians all manage to make it a matter of speculation - Their motto is to make money while their lives are spared, which if I had control of things would be no great while— They are all fit Subjects for the gallus [gallows] - And if this war lasts much longer, Soldiers will take the thing in hand and rid the country of their traitorous defrauders. They will prolong this war many a month if allowed to remain here — and who will suffer more from them than the Soldiers — yet we have been compelled to let them alone."