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Letter from Catherine Rossvally seeking release of M. L. Rossvally, New Orleans, LA. December 13, 1861

NEW ORLEANS, December 13, 1861.


DEAR SIR: I have already written a few lines to you in behalf of my husband, M. L. Rossvally, and as I thought they may be lost I would write to you again begging of you to release my unfortunate husband. Mr. Benjamin, please take his case in consideration and you will see that my husband is innocently imprisoned. These false and scandalous articles that have been in the papers-this was all done by his personal enemies, who for these last three and four years have been trying very hard to ruin him. My husband is not such as the false papers have stated. My husband is a gentleman and a true and kind-hearted one. On the 2d day of May my husband left me with my three children trying to do good for his country, but as it seems he gets ill-treated for it. As for my husbands loyalty to the South there is not a better Southern citizen to be found. He would be willing to die at any moment if by so doing he could serve his country. I will ask the question, How could my husband be untrue to the South? Was it not the Southern soil that gave birth to his wife? Was it not the land that gave birth to his three children that lie loves dearer than his own soul? And yet the people are so wicked as to say he is untrue to his country. I will say no more npon this subject. Please, Mr. Benjamin, release my husband. Please, sir, do it for my sake and the sake of my little children. Consider, Mr. Benjamin, I have no husband at home, no money to support me, and besides I am sick all the time and have been under Doctor Lemonier's treatment these last four months and perhaps may have to be under his treatment six months longer, as the doctor thinks himself. I shall beg of you once more Mr. Benjamin, to release him and I shall be very thankful and obliged to you for it.

Yours, respectfully,


SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 2, pg. 1405

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