**Daily Wabash Express, April 16, 1861; page 2, column 1**
In mid-April of 1861, the newly formed Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina in an act of aggression against the Union. Four days later, the citizens of Terre Haute rallied at the Court House in order to show support for the Union and their wishes that “no traitorous hands…break it down.” The meeting was bi-partisan in nature and it was asked that all “paltry differences…about matters of politics” be forgotten. It would not be long until Terre Hauteans were called to arms and men like Henry Warren, son of Chauncey and Frances Modesitt Warren, answered that call. After Henry joined the 8th Indiana Artillery, he found himself a year later in the heat of the Civil War. In a letter to his mother from March 16, 1862, he described the conditions of camp, including that the owner of the land was a slave owner who owned “1000 acres…and 40 Negroes.”
Image: The letter was sent from Camp Andy Johnson in Nashville, Tennessee. Taken from VCPL Archives, Henry Warren Civil War letters, Accession #20160114.