PROSECUTING THE CIVIL WAR IN THE NAME OF ABOLITION, as described in the comments of Union Maj. Gen. Ormsby Mitchel as quoted by Lt. Edward Hopper in an autograph letter, signed 25 Sept. 1862, from Pope Plantation, St. Helena Island, S. C., to a friend back home in Boston.

St. Helena Island, SC: 1862. 8vo. 7-pages, approximately 600 words, in part: "I went today to see General Mitchell [sic] to give him some information he desired about the plantations. He said that he considered the success or failure of our undertaking a matter of very great importance to the Nation, because our success would do much to unite and our failure much to divide the North. He said that he thought the safety of the Nation depended upon the North being united in sentiment and purpose, and that he was satisfied that it could only be united in a determination to destroy slavery. He thinks our success would remove the prejudice of many practical men and make them anti-slavery while our failure would strengthen the hands of the pro slavery party. He thinks that Jeff Davis delights more to see the North quarreling over the dead carcass of slavery, than to gain a victory in the field, knowing that a victory may be a temporary advantage, while a division amongst one's enemies is great gain ... [showing] how much importance a soldier attaches to a right sentiment and purpose in those who control his movements ... I hope ... under God's guidance in the aid of an increasing anti-slavery public sentiment which shall enable the Administration to adopt a distinct policy with regard to the negros." Hooper graduated from Harvard in 1859 and from Harvard Law School in 1861, almost immediate enlisting in the Union army; dispatched to Port Royal S.C., in March, 1862, he served on the staff of Gen. Rufus Saxton until Mitchel arrived on Sept. 17, 1862, a week before he made these comments to Hopper and a month before he died of yellow fever at Beaufort, S.C., Oct. 30, 1862. Very good, quite legible. Folded for mailing. (11123). Item #64875

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