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Collection Reference Number GLC03523.21.08
From Archive Folder Letters to Assistant Surgeon Henry F. McSherry of the U.S. Navy 
Title Anna McSherry to Henry F. McSherry regarding succession
Date ca. early 1861
Author McSherry, Anna (b. 1833)  
Recipient McSherry, Henry F.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Large parts of the letter are faded and it is hard to read. References receiving Henry's letter. Says she is sorry to hear that he is to lose Mr. Cunningham - who appeared to be a naval officer on Henry's ship. She knew he was an agreeable companion. Cunningham might have left the U.S. Navy to join the Confederacy. She Says "It is a pity to think such a fine[,] efficient Navy may be no longer National." Says they will no longer be a "Great Power" if the country splits into Northern and Southern Confederacies. Says if it happens then the Pacific States, which are far away, will more than likely form their own government too. She hopes the Northern States will repeal their laws nullifying the Fugitive Slave Law. But also says she is "afraid of the Southern politicians. I believe they are almost as bad as in the North." Wants to know if he met the Spanish sailors where he is. Updates him on family and friends. Says she is knitting a shawl or a cape. Their father has backed out of buying the land from Mr. Janney(?). Seems to mention property owned by Rittenhouse that could be bought, but the text is faded. No place written provided, but assumed from previous letters by Anna McSherry.
Subjects Surgeon  Woman Author  Women's History  Navy  Military History  Civil War  Confederate States of America  Secession  American West  Slavery  African American History  Fugitive Slave Act  Runaway Slave  Law  Government and Civics  Politics  Global History and Civics  Clothing and Accessories  Land Transaction  Children and Family  
People McSherry, Anna (b. 1833)  McSherry, Henry F. (b. 1837)  
Place written Martinsburg, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Recipient Relationship Sister  
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater