Sue Ragsdale to Callie Anthony, January 21, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My friend, Sue Ragsdale, is impatient with people who don't want Virginia to secede. This is quite a change in sentiment from her letter in October! Now Sue believes that the South will have to go into all-out war, and she recommended that I read two editorials in the Southern Literary Messenger by George William Bagby. He is a Virginia writer and an enthusiastic secessionist. She also mentioned a letter by John Tyler, a Virginian who was president of the United States from 1841 to 1845. After the Southern states began seceding in December 1860, he was hopeful that a compromise could be worked out.
I agree with Sue that the "Black Republicans" aren't reasonable because they are so hostile toward the interests of slaveowners like my Pa. Some of the other people Sue mentioned are James Buchanan, the current United States president who will step down in March; Winfield Scott, general in chief of the federal army; William H. Seward, a Republican senator; and Robert Toombs, a senator from Georgia. The Star of the West was a ship sent earlier in January to resupply Fort Sumter, South Carolina, but cadets from the Citadel fired on it, and the ship turned back.