1 July 1861: “Missouri is sorely pressed by the Lincolnites…”

Item description: Rev. Overton Bernard expresses his hope that Missouri will pledge their allegiance to the Confederacy rather than to remain in the Union.

Item citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Monday, 1st July – Missouri is sorely pressed by the Lincolnites – I hope and pray that the Citizens of that State may overcome their oppressors.

About Overton Bernard: Overton Bernard kept his diary while serving as a Methodist minister in Edenton, N.C., 1824, and as a bank employee in Portsmouth, Va., 1858-1863.

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