Edwin Barbour to Christopher Yancy Thomas, April 8, 1861, Gravely Family Papers, Acc. 34126, Library of Virginia.
Edwin Barbour, of Stevensburg, in Culpeper County, a relative of two brothers who were members of the Virginia Convention of 1861 (James Barbour, of Culpeper County, and Alfred Madison Barbour, of Jefferson County), wrote to Christopher Yancy Thomas, who represented Henry County in the Senate of Virginia, to request payment of a debt. In a postscript to his April 8, 1861, letter, four days after the General Assembly had adjourned and the Virginia Convention had defeated a motion to secede, Barbour wrote, "The political skies instead of getting fairer as I had hoped rather seem to grow darker. The only alternative now left is to quit the damn north. The longer we stay with them the more oppressed & degraded we will become."