Letter, 20 Sept. 1863, from John Belton O’Neall| Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Front Page 2006 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
to Belton O. Mauldin
Letter, 20 Sept[embe]r 1863, from John Belton O’Neall (1793-1863), chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, to his grandson, Belton O. Mauldin, transmits “papers by which you will see all East Tennessee has been overrun” and informs Mauldin that “Morris Island has been evacuated.” | Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
O’Neall also writes of the stubborn resistance by the defenders of Fort Sumter for several days, which was aided by the “Equinoctial gale” that also had prevented any attacks since.
The area from which O’Neall wrote, presumably Prospect Hill in the mountains of Western North Carolina, was under the threat of being overrun by the forces attacking through East Tennessee, and he also noted that military deserters were hiding in the mountains. “I am anxious for the ending of this cruel and unnecessary war. But as long as Lincoln is in power we shall have no peace. And perhaps not then,” O’Neall wrote. He also decries the fact that so many men are “in office, and so long as that continues we shall have no peace, unless we had a Washington….”