Title: Buckner, S.B. to J. Patton Anderson – Oct. 9, 1866 – New Orleans, LA
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Title: Buckner, S.B. to J. Patton Anderson – Oct. 9, 1866 – New Orleans, LA
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Creator: Buckner, S. B.
Publication Date: 1866
Subject: Civil War
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Louisiana -- New Orleans
North America -- United States of America -- Florida
North America -- United States of America -- Tennessee
North America -- United States of America
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Commercial Insurance Company,
11 Commercial Place,
New Orleans, Oct. 9, 1866

My dear General,
"The music of Caryl," says Ossian, "like the memory of joys that are past, is
sweet but mournful to the soul." The kindly tones of your letter too, my dear General,
have touched chords of friendship in my own hearth that cannot fail to send back an
echoing strain. I am delighted to hear from you again. The ills endured by our poor
country are enough to weigh down the most exuberant spirits, and I am not astonished
they should have touched a nature, at once so sensitive and so generous as yours. I feel
acutely our unhappy condition, and it requires all the philosophy of my nature to view
with complacency the existing evils by which we are surrounded, and those which the
future portends. I see little that is bright in the near future. Clouds envelope the political
horizon, and the mutterings of a new storm are heard throughout the agitated north. The
wheels of revolution still move forward, crushing all conservatism in their juggernaut
march. It seems to me, that our country is in the midst of those political convulsions
which history teaches us usually precede a term of anarchy, and which are followed by a
disproportion in some one of its numerous forms. It is the sorry Parliament before the
steady hand of Cromwell held the reins of government; or it is the Roman mob whose
noisy edicts were shouted from the Campus Martius before Caesar controlled it; or rather
it is the upheaving of the Mountain of Jacobins in the Revolutionary Convention which
inaugurated the bloody period of Marat, of Robespierre, and of Danton, before the power
of the first consul was born to control the elements of the revolution. So you perceive my
view of the future is not cheerful. But I cannot discover the political elements set at work
to induce me to expect anything more bright. Personally, I have succeeded beyond my
expectations. I recommended life on a capital of fifteen cents in good money. I took up
my pen, in the columns of the N.O. Crescent and wrote for my bread. I afterwards
accepted an offer of co-partnership in a commercial house which has done a fair business.
Two months ago I was chosen president Com. Jus. Col. with a salary of $7,500. I still
continue "to run" all these machines. I am therefore constantly occupied. I have not
much time fortunately to dwell upon the disease which Mrs. Anderson so graphically
characterizes as "the surrenders." Our friends here are generally well and most of them
are doing a successful business. Longstreet and Hood have been absent most of the
summer. Genl. Gibson often speaks of you in terms of warm affection. He is now out of
town. The charter, etc. of our association, which will define its objects: I hope I may hear
from you occasionally. With my compliments to Mrs. Anderson, believe me dear, my
dear General,
Sincerely your friend,
S.B. Buckner
Genl. J. Patton Anderson

Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.

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