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Four page LS by William Ferguson Colcock, United States Congressmen from South Carolina. During the Civil War he served as Collector of the Port of Charleston (a position he held under both the Federal and Confederate Governments). After the Civil War he had a law practice in the Beaufort area with his son-in-law, Charles Jones Colcock Hutson. LS W.F. Colcock,” Charleston, January 20, 1862, 4pp., VG. In part, ““We are living in times of grand events and God alone knows what the final & complete issues will be. I have an abiding confidence that under his divine guidance we will work out our deliverance & liberty, but we will have to pass through the agony and bloody sweat of an unparalleled revolution. ... The next few months will produce decisive events. Our enemies are putting forth their maximum strength and will fall back like a drunken giant exhausted by his overtaxed efforts. We are looking anxiously for the movements of the Burnside fleet. It is said they are now at Hatteras but we are yet ignorant of what point they intend to attack. They may strike us a severe blow somewhere on our coast, but they cannot advance far into the interior as they can never cover their rear. ... The enemy sometimes comes up our river in their gun boats and destroy our houses and steal our property. ... Gen. Donelson of the Tennessee Brigade is at Bindon and Gen. Pemberton at John Gregone’s house near Pocotalig’s Station; Gen. Lee has his headquarters at Mr. Farri’s house in Coosawhatchie and Gen. Drayton is at Hardeeville. Gen. Evans at Adams Run and Gen. Ripley in Charleston. Col. Manigault commands at Georgetown.”
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Famous Charleston Lawyer W. F. Colcock Describes Charleston’s Condition in January 1862

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