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Text for Page 161 [12-11-1860]

              [newspaper clipping]
  The following letter from the wife of an officer sta-
tioned at Fort Moultrie is calculated to send a thrill
through the heart of every American.   We have no
time to comment upon it, but we fear President Bu-
chanan and his Secretary of Ware are storing up a ter-
rible retribution for themselves and those whose trea-
sonable conduct they encourage:	{Evening Post.
		�FORT MOULTRIE, Dec. 11, 1860.
  �DEAR____: I feel too indignant.  I can hardly
stand the way in which this weak little garrison is
treated by the Heads of the Government.  Troops and
proper accommodation are positively refused, and yet
the Commander has orders to hold and defend the fort.
Was ever such a sacrifice (an intentional one) known?
The Secretary has sent several officers at different times
to inspect here, as if that helped.  It is a mere sham,
to make believe he will do something.  In the mean
time a crisis is very near.  I am to go to Charleston
the first of the week.  I will not go further if I can
help it.
  �Within a few days we here�and from so many
sources that we cannot doubt it�that the Charlesto-
nians are erecting two batteries, one just opposite us,
at a little village, Mount Pleasant, and another on the
end of this island; and they dare the Commander to
interfere while they are getting ready to fight sixty
men.  In this weak little fort I suppose President Bu-
chanan and Secretary Floyd intend the Southern Con-
federacy to be cemented with the blood of this brave
little garrison.
  �These names should be handed down to the end of
  �When the last man is shot down, I presume they
will think of sending troops.  The soldiers here deserve
great credit�though they know what an unequal num-
ber is coming to massacre them, yet they are in good
spirits, and will fight desperately.  Our Commander
says he never saw such a brave little band.  I feel
desperate myself.  Our only hope is in God.  My love
to father and all.        Your affectionate     SISTER.�               
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