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Letter signed L.B. Hunt and H.C. Barnes, five miles west of Portland and three miles east of Aubert, to General Lyons and Colonel F.P. Blair, June 23, [1861]

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Identifier: D06780

Title: Letter signed L.B. Hunt and H.C. Barnes, five miles west of Portland and three miles east of Aubert, to General Lyons and Colonel F.P. Blair, June 23, [1861]

Description: Describes rebel activity in Callaway County.

Transcription: Five miles west of Portland and three miles east of St Aubert near Mo River[Missouri River] June 23rd

His Excellency Genl Lyons & Col F.P.Blair

We drop you a few lines to inform you of the remarkeable character and actions of certain notorious persons liveing in and near this neighbourhood. The most notorious and influential is Col James Brewer, who raised and drilled the first two Companys of Secessionist in this vicinity. has been teaching broad sword exercises, holding councils &c. to influence the youth and uninformed to act of treason. The next is Doct G.W. Riggins of Portland an influential leader and spokesman at their Drills. Next is Esq Wm Jackson[William Jackson] as devoted as any other, but not quite so influential. Next is John Berry a Lieutenant, and Deputy Sheriff of this County, went south last winter, took the extreme southern secession fever, and on his return converted his father Edward G Berry from a Union to a strong and influential secessionist. [Next] is Wm C. Ore[William C. Ore] a storekeeper and Postmaster at Reform five miles from Portland. Next is George W. Law orderly serjeant owns 25 negroes but very much of a gentleman believes a Union Man is entitled to his Political constitutional privileges. The object of this letter is to inform you that by the takeing of the above named persons into custody and detain them for several days at the arsenal or otherwise, to teach them that treason is a vile offence &c. and that offenders can not at any time be released by takeing an oath which unprincipled men disregard at pleasure. More can be done by breaking down the leaders than a hundred battles Killing up the misguided boys and ignorant men, and on the part of government save much innocent blood. Col Brewer & Doct Riggins were both in the Mexican War, are wily, and arch intriguers. Brewer was also in the Canada difficulty trying to provoke a war between

the U. States & Great Britain. Brewer lives 2 1/2 miles above or west of Portland, Doct Spiral McCall of Chamois is also here. his father a strong secessionist, lives 5 miles from Portland, near this neighborhood. Doct went up to Boonvill[Boonville] to give you all Hell, if he could do so without danger to himself, A well managed expedition in this neighbourhood (secretly got up) would break the Back bone of secession here and have a most salutary influence on Fulton our County seat, (a secession hole of perdition) as well as the whole surrounding Country. The secessionist talked of makeing Fulton a stand, but as yet, have not, The Union men and secessionist are in numbers about equal here and in this county but the secessionist are far the most ambitious and resentful, but if a few of the leaders were put down the Union men sentiment would predominate, and blood be saved, all our Post Masters here are secessionist, at Reform and St. Aubert. Portland and deputy at, Fulton, we cannot write a letter to a strange whom they suspect of military character, with any safety I would like to see Col Blair to get him to have them all turned out of office. The machinery of government must work harmonious, I cannot say half I wish to say in a letter, if you want a man to act with Fidelity in the great cause of the government, I will produce him, but he must necessarily be exposed to danger and sacrifice Hence to make a business of it he would have to be paid a small compensation for the time he is in service We have to cross the River to Medora to put our letters in the office, while we live near to Reform and St. Aubert. Offices, in Callaway Co We will get any communication from you sent to Medora in care of Mr Ellsworth


L B Hunt

H.C. Barnes

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1861-06-23

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Hunt, L. B.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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