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Alex Cressler, letter

May 21, 1861

“The citizens of Chambrg. [sic - Chambersburg] are calm, and do not apprehend an attack from the rebels from the South. I… find that the opinion of some is that war is the only remedy. if such be true then the Northern boys must go to the work, and what could be more cheering to the hearts of freeman such as we are, than to see that the whole north will move to the work, as one mighty machine none of the parts being wanting, but all complete… secession will be crushed out of existence, and like a mighty cloud, it will rain Union sentiments on every farm and plantation south of Mason's and Dixon's Line. Let us start the ball rolling, and send secession to the place from whence it came…”


Name: Alex Cressler

Unit: N/A

Document Information

Type: Letter


  • Civilian Support for the Union

Event Location: Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA

Document Origin: Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA


Alex Cressler to Henry Bitner. May 21, 1862. The Valley of the Shadow. Obtained from Accessed on February 8, 2010.