McSherry, Richard M. (b. 1818) to Henry F. McSherry
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.21.16 Author/Creator: McSherry, Richard M. (b. 1818) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 March 1862 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24.7 x 19.4 cm.
Written by Richard to his brother Henry. References Henry's letter of 21 February. Says he heard of him through Mrs. Miller's brother. Reports that "The Balt & Ohio R.R. will probably be open to Wheeling in the course of a week, so that our communication will be [improved] with home." Says he is busy and doing well considering the "general business prostration" in Baltimore (Richard was a physician as well). Reports that "Southern sympathy is as rife as ever here, but the Union party is perhaps on the increase. If Virginia should come in again there would be no more secession spirit in Maryland. Secession here means sympathy with the Southern border states." Goes on to say "I do not know how the people of Martinsburg &c stand now as to political sentiments - They have always been between two fires, and are perhaps divided among themselves. Secession was certainly a bad move for them." Henry seems unhappy with his current ship and Richard suggests going with Captain Donaldson if he leaves the USS "Sciota." Tells him to do his duty faithfully nonetheless. Predicts "There will be a total reconstruction of the Navy soon - the iron plated ships will make it necessary." Hopes Henry will be promoted to surgeon next year. Letter is faded at some points, especially the top of page 2.
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