From Mattie Jane Tate to Cousin Mary

Title: From Mattie Jane Tate to Cousin Mary
Creator: Mattie Jane Tate
Description: This letter of December 14, 1864, is from Mattie Jane Tate in Jackson County, Missouri, to her cousin Mary. While Mattie’s family was vacating their home under Order No. 11 in September 1863, “some soldiers from Kansas” shot and killed her husband and five others. “I am left with three small children to take care of [and] am not able a great part of my time to take care of myself,” she writes. Blaming the massacre on anti-slavery factions, Mattie declares “I can never have any love for any of that side or stripe again.”
Date original: December 14, 1864
Owning organization: Lone Jack Historical Society
Document Type: letter
Publication Statement: General Collection
Organization location: For more information on using this image, contact the Lone Jack Historical Society at: 301 S. Bynum Road, P.O. Box 34, Lone Jack MO, 64070, Phone: (816)805-1815, E-mail: Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the Lone Jack Historical Society. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the Lone Jack Historical Society.
Page Type: Digital Repository Object
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