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In Their Own Words

January 08, 1861

Letter Before Attending Secession Convention

A man who had been elected to attend Georgia’s secession convention wrote to the woman who would become his wife; he was unsure how he would vote, but the women in his family were clear on their preference.

“…The political horizon is lowering. A speck of war lately appeared, which has expanded into a cloud that threatens to darken the heavens. My course in the Convention will be determined by the drift of events. I go to Washington [Georgia] tomorrow to make a flying visit to the Clevelands, then to Milledgeville. The girls are ardent secessionists, like yourself. How can I resist the contagion? My conservatism was fast melting before you left. As I am easily influenced by the ladies, who can tell what my cousins may make of me? …”

Source: Anita B. Sams (ed.), With Unabated Trust: Major Henry McDaniel’s Love Letters from Confederate Battlefields as Treasured in Hester McDaniel’s Bonnet Box (The Historical Society of Walton County, Inc., 1977), p. 2.