Lot 8: Anderson, Robert. Autograph letter signed, 2 pages, (8 ¼ x 5 ¼ in.; 210 x 133 mm.)
December 18, 2012
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
8. Anderson, Robert. Autograph letter signed, 1 page, (8 ¼ x 5 ¼ in.; 210 x 133 mm.), Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 7 April 1861, to F. A. Kilton, Providence, R. I.; mounting remnants on verso of integral blank.
Five days before the bombardment of Fort Sumter begins, the fort’s commander, Robert Anderson, predicts the awful truth that war is at hand.
Just five days before the start of the bombardment of Fort Sumter Major Anderson, who would soon sustain the first shots of the Civil War, resigns himself to the fact that war is imminent.
Anderson writes in full: Dear Sir: Yours of Mar. 30th gratifies me, in showing a patriotic spirit. I fear, though, that unless we appeal, with all our hearts, to God, to help us in this, our time of need & of trial, we shall soon have our land accursed by the shedding of our brother's blood. May I not live to see the light of that day!
A remarkable premonition written by the Union officer who so gallantly held the fort for 34 hours before he was forced to surrender.