See Civil War through new eyes

One day in May of 1861, Washington County’s Ann Catron, 38, wrote her son:

“With all the timidity due to my sex, I am ready to offer you up in defense of your country’s rights and honor. and I now offer you, a beardless boy of 17 summers–not with grief, but thanking God that I have a son to offer.”

Her letter was published in the Winchester Virginian, whose editors added, “We venture to assert, [that son] will never let a Black Republican emissary of Lincoln’s see his back.”

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