Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Key West letter to the Boston Journal contains the following:–

“That the rebels anticipate a speedy peace is evident from the fact that an officer of the steamer R. R. Cuyler, when in Havana a few days since, met a friend, who had recently read a letter addressed to a sea captain in Nassau by the owner of the vessel which he commanded, a prominent merchant in Charleston, S.C. The captain wrote to his owner for advice as to what to do with the ship. In reply the Charlestonian said – “Do nothing; peace will be declared in less than sixty days.” This statement, coming as it does from the very fountain head of the rebellion, is certainly significant, and taken in connection with the reports made here almost daily by persons from the South, goes far to confirm the opinion expressed a day or two since by Flag Officer McKean, who said that three months would end the war. God grant his words may prove true.”

– Published in the Burlington Daily Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Wednesday, April 9, 1862 & also in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 12, 1962

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