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Letter of [Lucy Hutchinson?], St. Louis, to brother [Robert Randolph Hutchinson?], May 22, 1861

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Identifier: D05162

Title: Letter of [Lucy Hutchinson?], St. Louis, to brother [Robert Randolph Hutchinson?], May 22, 1861


Describes conditions in St. Louis in the aftermath of Camp Jackson.

Transcription: St Louis May 22nd / 61

My Dear Brother

I have just received your letter [and] glad I am to hear from you once more. T’is not that I have not thought of you [and] wanted to hear from you that I have not written before but we are so bound down by a military despotism here [and] so completely surrounded by bands of ruthless rangers around by the U S A that we hardly dare say our souls are our own for fear some loved one may be cut off for even an expression of opinion in favor of the South. You have probably seen an account of the glorious victory obtained by 8000 well armed brutes against 800 American citizens mostly youths in their first encampment just outside of our City. T’was a night to make every true American heart burst with indignation [and] how we endured it God only knows nothing but their unconditional surrender saved the [word unclear] of the City [and] the lines of the helpless women [and] children After their surrender the Dutch soldiers shot at them in the ranks [and] you may know from their unprovoked attack on helpless women [and] children what would have been the fate of our young men who were nevertheless eager for the fight if they had not surrendered. Randolph was 1st lieutenant in one of the companies [and] after their surrender they were all marched through the City between [word unclear] files of Dutchman down to the Arsenal [and] we helpless creatures were obliged to witness from our windows [and] could not stretch out our hand to say good bye. Randolph says as he passed our house [and] bowed a farewell he expected never to see us again [and] we ourselves were writing in agony under the uncertainty of their fates. Fortunately Genl Harney arrived next morning in time to release them on parole or they would have been murdered in prison by the Dutch who thirsted for their blood [and] would not be pacified but with the hope that they would all be shot down as traitors. As it was Genl Harney had to send a steamboat for them to bring them around the City rather than through it for fear the Dutch would break out upon them [and] who swore they should not get home alive [and] these men have been led on and investigated[?] by American citizens some of them of Southern blood. Oh! I would we were under any despot on earth than this despotism. At this moment every avenue of the City is guarded by Dutch troops all our railroad are taken possession of by them all our citizens are searched as they go out [and] come in [and] even those soldiers who were liberated on parole are threatened every day with rearrest. Our City is almost as silent as the grave [and] soon will grass grow in our streets for all our commerce is stopped [and] we hardly know where to get our bread yet we are safe we sleep quietly in our beds while the blood of our murdered citizens cries out for vengeance but why are we safe because we are bound down hand [and] foot under a slavery worse than Egyptian Germans are allowed to go to the arsenal [and] arm them selves every day [and] all day with the best United states arms while American Citizens are searched & deprived of their own private property in the shape of arms Dutch soldiers use the United states ammunition all day to shoot at [word unclear] to render them [word unclear] except in shooting down Americans [and] if a free born American raises his voices to cry out against these armed marauders as they march through the streets to their homes they are shot down like dogs [and] the government up holds [word unclear] it. Oh! I wish I could tell you all as I write now I am so excited (not with fear) that I can hardly hold my pen. And this is what Missouri has gotten for sticking to the Union for allowing no word of secession to be spoken in the Country all for the Union a glorious Union it is but I trust that as there is a just God in heaven our wrongs will...

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1861-05-22

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Hutchinson, Lucy

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Camp Jackson (Mo.)


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