Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ungovernable Fury

A Rebel war clerk's diary...:

April 8th, 1861.  BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY.---The expedition sails to day from New York. Its purpose is to reduce Fort Moultrie, Charleston harbor, and relieve Fort Sumter, invested by the Confederate forces. Southern born, and editor of the Southern Monitor, there seems to be no alternative but to depart immediately.

And I must depart immediately; for I well know that the first gun fired at Fort Sumter will be the signal for an outburst of ungovernable fury, and I should be seized and thrown into prison.

I must leave my family--my property--everything. My family cannot go with me--but they may follow. The storm will not break in its fury for a month or so.

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