Lieber, Francis

Lieber, Francis

March 18, 1798–October 2, 1872


Letter, 18 April 1861, from Oscar M. Lieber to Francis Lieber

Letter from Oscar M. Lieber, Star of the West Battery, to “My dearest Father” [Francis Lieber], re his father’s melancholy and their differing opinions (Francis was a Unionist), his mother’s misunderstanding of Confederate intentions (“We are anxious for war now, but not for war’s sake; but for the sake of the peace to which it will lead us”), the Confederate admiration of Maj. Robert Anderson, the disgust for the U.S. fleet’s actions during the siege of Fort Sumter. “But it is no civil war. It may be a civil war in Virginia & Kentucky. Not so with us.” Also includes cross writing on the first page noting the members of the Preston and Hampton families already in Confederate service and the difficulty of the mail.

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  • Title Lieber, Francis
  • Coverage March 18, 1798–October 2, 1872
  • Author
  • Keywords Educator, political scientist, edited the Encyclopaedia Americana, served as acting president of South Carolina College, professor James H. Thornwell, accepted a position as chair of political science at Columbia College
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
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  • Access Date June 18, 2024
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 9, 2022
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