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Collection Reference Number GLC00653.07
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1861 
Title F.P Leavenworth to his father about activities in Arkansas and Missouri
Date 18 November 1861
Author Leavenworth, F.P. (fl. 1861)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description A Confederate captain in an ordnance unit tells his father about Civil War activities in Arkansas and Missouri. Comments on the arrival of Union General David Hunter with 36,000 soldiers. Discusses the strength and position of Confederate General Ben MucCulloch's men. Claims that "The burning of the bridge in Tenn. has virtually cut the Confederacy in two," and consequently the mail has been limited, and may be worse still if Union General William T. Sherman moves into South Carolina. Notes that they have not heard from their enemies in the Creek nation, indicating that Opothleyaholo cannot be found but has a band prowling around. Explains that he expects to close his school and emigrate to South America or Australia. Despondent, he writes and underlines: "There is nothing left, worth fighting for." Comments on the instability he expects even if the Confederacy wins independence. Notes that he has been studying Spanish, asks about the family, and ends with the comment: "Small Pox raging at Fort Smith."
Subjects Disease  American Indian History  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Union General  Confederate General or Leader  Confederate Soldier's Letter  Confederate States of America  Soldier's Letter  Education  Immigration and Migration  Latin and South America  Smallpox  Health and Medical  
People Leavenworth, F.P. (fl. 1861)  Hunter, David (1802-1886)  McCulloch, Benjamin (1811-1862)  Sherman, William Tecumseh (1820-1891)  
Place written Van Buren, Arkansas
Theme The American Civil War; Health & Medicine; Native Americans; Education; Foreign Affairs
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