Capt. John Curtis on approach of war, Mobile, Ala., 1861
Upset over the impending Civil War, Capt. John Curtis, in Mobile, Alabama, with a merchant ship, wrote to his wife in Brunswick that the Southern mothers were busy making sandbags for the fort and winding bandages in anticipation of war.
Curtis wrote, "... every thing hangs over us shrouded in gloom and every one fears what may come next god knows what is for the best well I hope he will keep mens hearts in his hands so as to keep them from murdering there brothers."
Curtis was a merchant ship captain who frequently transported cotton from Mobile to England.
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