August the 20 1861

Dear childrin I take my pen in hand to let you know

that we all well at presant hoping these lines may

find you and famly well and all my old frends I was

very mutch Surprised and badly disapounted that

I did not git to See you when you was at Jefeson

City the letter you rote to me I was at the office

whe it came on Tuesday Just at night I went

home and wensday got my mule Shod time enouf

to git to John Inglish is and at 11 oclock in the

night thare came 8 men with information that thare

had got off 500 of the flateheaded dutch[1] linconites

nothen robers to take horses muls and the best

what did I Say yes the best Sitisens of the cuntry

to take them up for apinion Sake only and

punish as the think proper well at 9 oclock next

morning on thirsday I found it was afalse alarm

I put out for Jefferson City in great hops that I

wold git to Jeferson city against[2] diner and when I

got to Judge Scotts and was very unwell and

the weather So extream hot thare you mite know

I had to Stop and inquire of the judge whether

and old grayheaded american of 59 years of age

or wold be aloud to goe in to Jefferson City if

he behavid him Self he told me it wold be Jest as the

the nothen lincon nits tuck anotion the most abomible

Set and the menist lousist Set on the earth to rule

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yes to rule and to govern the the best men and wimen on

or in the united States to be governd and ruld buy the

flat headed dutch and the nothen yankis not the good

men anomen[3] cleanins of the Penitentrys porpors[4] and

theavs to rule the best men in the cuntry apurty

pass I got thare at diner then and thare I learnd

that the convention had adjornd Judge e[u?]in told

me that Som of the membors on the evin before

on wensday and the balance was agoing to leave that

morning he Said he Saw you on the evning of wensday

I was very mutch disipinted and it greavid me that

I did not git to See you Balsora[5] had rote you and

martha Jane and I rote a fiew lines to you I wold be very

glad to Seen you in deed the corn crop is as fine as i ever

Saw the wheat and oats hungarion timithy all good but

no market for nothing no money I Surpose with

out adout of all the batls that has bin faught in

Virginginia and at Springfield 4000 lincon trups kild

and 171 State troops kild gineral lyons[6] and Zeagle[7]

Sample orr[8] robed the Springfield bank of 24000 $

tho you have or will hear all about it we ar lising

evry day to hear of another heavy batle down

about Caro or Birds point and I expect we

will have aheavy fight at Jefferson city John

and morten is both going to Jacksons army Moten

Started this evning and John is now ficksin to

Start in the morning with Captin Poters compiney

to fite for the rites of missouri both of them was in

the fite in bunsvill[9]

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I red aletter you rote to your mother you

Statid that you was aunon man[10] and So am

I that is we cold have any union but to talk

of aunion now and no constitusion is astrange

thing to me you Said you expected to fight under

the old Stars and Stripes of the united States

and you was in hopes that you had no relation

nor frend that wold follar the old trator Clabe

Jackson[11] but let me tell you I dont know of

arelation you had in this cuntry brothers cosens

and all the frends all Jackson men of the americans

Since the dutch came and Surounded the Babstis on

Sunday at our School house at Mr William

Moors all of them dutch all of the union men

Since that day in this neibhood is Clabe Jackson

men old and young is redy to fight for ther

rites under if we cant Secede on onerable terms

have with all the rest of the united States

we expect to fight for our rites we dont expect

to live under the dutch nor the yankys we

pur[12] fiting untell we die in prefance the north

nor the dutch dont cear for the negros tha

dont want them freed no you cant find one

dutchman to give one dollar if it wold free all

the negros in the united States tha wold rather

tha wor all dead tha wold be glad to have the

money for them did you know that the dutch

govner benstean had 2 negros Stold and hid in the

basement of the captil at Jefferson while he was there

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I am told that he had two buck negros hid

he wanted the money for them two why Sir the

dutch Say and make ther brags that tha will

git the money for one negro if tha will whip

the South and have the land to but the hole

plan of the north is to rob and Steal of the South

if it is not what did the north take 32000 hand

cufs in to Virginia in the batle of venancis

guncion[13] for tha tuck them to hand cuf negros

after tha run the virginians of[f] from ritchmand

but tha got badly mistaken tha got agood drubin

and I jus when tha tri it tha will git whipt

again it will be som time before tha will make

abrige of old Virginia to goe to old north carolina

tha have got missouri at presant but I think

and hop but for ashort time nothing more at presant

rite me Soon as you Coleman Bruce to

git this William Jackson and

Martha Jane Jackson

give my best respects to all my old frends and

Show this letter to them and ask them what tha will

doe with a union and no constitusion I am a union

man if we can have justice reed this to Martha

and Shoe it to Philap Jonson and his farther and

Anderson Moor virginia John Bruce and 5

brothers in laws in the fight at venancis guncon

guncion in the old dominion C Bruce

  1. dutch = German (Dutch commonly confused with Deutsch).
  2. against = preposition before or by, a variant form characteristic of the Midland and South.
  3. anomen = possibly “and women.”
  4. paupers.
  5. Balsora is Balzora Bruce, Coleman’s second wife.
  6. Union Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon was killed August 10 at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
  7. Union Brig. Gen. Franz Sigel.
  8. Pro-Union Missouri politician Sample Orr.
  9. Booneville; the Battle of Booneville occurred on June 17, 1861 and was a victory for Gen. Lyon and his Union troops.
  10. a Union man.
  11. Caliborne Fox Jackson, pro-seccesion Missouri governor from January through July 1861.
  12. pur = prefer.
  13. Manassas Junction.
August 20, 1861


Residence (County): 
Campbell County, VA


Union Army officer


From State: 
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Michael Ellis
Transcription Date: 
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