Nannie B. Anthony to Callie Anthony, May 2, 1861, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: I'm glad that my cousin Nannie got to see my brother Johnny when he was in Lynchburg. It is still so difficult to think of him as being a soldier. He enlisted last month with Cousin Clarence. I wish I could see them in their uniforms! Nannie has been working hard, sewing uniforms, blankets, and the like for our boys who will soon be marching off to fight. It's the best way I know to help as well.
Nannie's right about Cousin Emilia being distraught over Clarence's enlisting. We really do hope that Mark will stay home. Emilia and Aunt Emily will fall apart if all the boys go to war. Luckily Ma is handling Johnny's enlistment well. I think that having brother Ben so close by with his family is a great comfort to her.
Well, the boys will keep Richmond safe from the Yankees, and they'll all be home soon. I am sure of it!