|Title:||Thomas Carse, Jeffersonville, to "Brother John"|
|Collection||Irish Emigration Database|
|Sender Occupation||shipping clerk for a railway company|
|Origin||Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA|
|Destination||Erie, Penn., USA|
|Source||Donated by Mrs. I.J. Beattie, 120 Carsonstown Rd., Lisowen, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 7JN, N.Ireland|
|Archive||Ulster American Folk Park|
|Log||Document added by LT, 19:03:99.|
|Transcript||JEFFERSONVILLE RAILROAD COMPANY,|
JEFFERSONVILLE, IND., [Indiana?] July 26th 1861
Your letter reached me in due time.
I returned here on Thursday 18th inst. having taken
a trip to Wisconsin, thence to the Upper Mississippi.
Davenport, Iowa and via St. Louis home.
I visited Capt McBride at Milwaukee, but my
stay in that part being short I could not accept
his invitation to cross the Lake. He wished to be
kindly remembered to you. I also spent three days
with Uncle Jimmy on the prairies. All well and
busy with a large & abundant harvest. Spent the
time galloping on horseback over the prairies,
accompanied by Cousin Ellen & Mary Crawford. Farming
is conducted there on the most extensive scale.
Live stock, Corn & wheat in great abundance. Money
however is not in the market, owing to their State
Bank failures & swindles. Corn plenty at 8 c [cents?]
per Bush [Bushel?]. All well, prospering and wishing
to be kindly remembered to you. There is no business
being done in St. Louis. Probably 25,000 persons have
left the City. Missouri made a strong effort to
commit suicide by casting off her loyal shreds
& plunging into the secession vortex but she has
for the time been saved. Fearing the fact may
escape the notice of the historian I may here
remark that the Dutch have saved Missouri.
I find a very deep and strong secession feeling
in St. Louis, but kept harmless by Military
interposition. The news of our defeat at Manassas
lent fresh courage to the secession cause, and if
Jeff Davis was as heartily cheered in St. Louis as
in Louisville on that afternoon there must have
been lively times. Had it not been that the leader
of the secession mob was shot down & killed in
Louisville that evg. [evening?] there would have been
a dreadful riot, but after that occurrence the
Confederate flags were soon handed in. All is yet
comparatively quiet here. [Jameson?] is proposing
to force the war into Kentucky & may do so next month.
I expect this road will soon be placed in charge of &
under the protection of the government. The Brigade
under Genl [General?] Rousseau is being formed here.
Much praise is accorded to the brave 69th
New York regiment. Business is slightly on the
increase here. My regards to Mr Davenport. Should have
written him before now, but am far behind with my
correspondence. Am generally very busy during the day
and my eyes being much impaired I dare not use
them but little by gas-light. Am otherwise quite well,
and much recuperated by my trip. Please remember me to
my good friend Rod and hope to be remembered by him in the
way of a card. All right.
Your Brother etc
Thos [Thomas?] Carse