I might need to get that. On this same date in 1861, I suspect my great-grandfather was quite anxious over what to do? What to do?<quoted text>
I'm reading "All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes". Good book
Should he join the Confederate forces or the Union? Why should he fight to preserve or abolish slavery? He had no slaves and it just was not his issue. Or should he join to preserve the Union and be engaged against his own family and neighbors? or vice versa? Would his decision alienate parts of his extended family and make the rest happy? Should he fight to protect the old hill side farm from raiders from both sides? If he left, who would care for his old cow, hogs, and chickens? Would his marriage even survive his decision? How long would it go on? Would he live through it? Would he be branded a coward if he just stayed home? His decision would be forthcoming in 9 more days.