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Hunt, Henry Jackson (1819-1889) to Braxton Bragg

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00925.02 Author/Creator: Hunt, Henry Jackson (1819-1889) Place Written: Fort Pickens [?] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 April 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Replies to Bragg's earlier letter (GLC00925.01) regarding their long time friendship and their now differing loyalties in the war. "How strange it is! We have been united in our views of almost all subjects, public and private. We still have, I trust, a personal regard for each other which will continue, whatever course our sense of duty may dictate, yet in one short year after exchanging at your house assurances of friendship, here we are face to face, with arms in our hands, with every prospect of a bloody collision. How strange!" Sympathizes with the south and his southern friends but believes the south was wrong to secede and that war was unavoidable. But despite all this, firmly believes the country and its people will reunite: "I trust and I believe notwithstanding the dark prospects before us, and although blood may flow like water, that the time will yet come - if neither of us fall in the struggle - when we will meet again not merely as friends, which I am sure we will continue to be, but as fellow citizens of a great, prosperous, happy and united country." Includes an envelope addressed to Major Nichols (an aide).


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Secession, Military History, Civil War, Union General, Union Soldier's Letter, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War