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Letter from James Madison Bowler to his wife, Elizabeth Caleff Bowler, reporting on events in Arkansas – July 30, 1863

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Helena, Ark[ansas]., July 30th, 1863.
My Dear Libby:
[…]
It is cheering to me to learn that you begin to have some hope for the Union cause.  For my part I am not more sanguine of success to-day than I was in the darkest hour since the commencement of this conspiracy against the Gov’t.  I have always felt confident that the South would have to succumb sooner or later to the overwhelming forces of the North, or of the Gov’t rather.  Besides, Providence will never suffer a rebellion to succeed which has for its motives the propagation of so wicked a thing as slavery.  I feel as sure of that as I do that I am a living being.
[...]
Ever your loving husband,
Madison.

See whole letter here: 1863-07-30_Bowler_combined

Citation: July 30, 1863, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330 box 1]

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