June 26, 1861
June 20, 1861
Messrs. Editors: I see in your paper of
the 19th inst. an article signed a “City Father,” which contains a
good suggestion, that the citizens of Mobile, on certain days, deposit on the
sidewalks all the iron which they have, to be cast into cannon.
can rummage up twenty or thirty pounds of iron, the pieces of steelyards, etc.,
which I suppose will answer the purpose of being cast into cannon or grape
shot; also forty or fifty pounds of shot, which can be moulded
into rifle balls. All these I will send
down by the oars, if you will designate the individual to whom I may send them,
he paying the freight.
have no doubt that if the subject should be properly presented to the attention
of the country people, many tons of old broken cast ploughs could be collected
and sent to any designated house in Mobile.
you think this worthy of a reply, be pleased to send me the paper containing
it, with my name on it, and Mr. Symmes, the
conductor, will attend to it.
S. Shoot that fellow who signs himself “G” and says that peace is “ardently
desired.” Why, the war ain’t commenced yet.
The people in the country have heard nothing but a “rumor of war.” Their rural pursuits go on in the same old
way. They have thousands and tens of
thousands of hogs, cows and sheep, and everything else that heart can
desire. I don’t want this war to be of
shorter duration than the Trojan War. It
is the making of the South.
my compliments to those Southern Rights men who compelled the return of a large
quantity of meal that was attempted to be smuggled in from Madison. Let all confederates see to it, and lend
their aid to enforce most stringently Lincoln’s blockade, from henceforth and forevermore,
world without end. Don’t let the
scoundrels commit treason S
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]