Letter from Lois Davis to her son, Henry Richardson, 6 June 1861.

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“You must give yourself no uneasiness about our familys at the south altho it is a sad affair it will do them no good for us to break down under it. I regret they ever went there if they had foreseen this dreadful war probably, they never would.”

Letter from Lois Davis to her son, Henry Richardson, 6 June 1861. Henry and his brother Luther fought in the Union Army against the husbands of his sisters, Eunice and Ellen, who lived in Alabama.

From the Lois Wright Richardson Davis Papers, 1851-1915. Read more about Eunice Stone and the rest of her family (including her second husband, a black sea captain) in The Sea Captain's Wife, by Martha Hodes, 2007.