Sunderland, Freeman H.
Age: 40, credited to Highgate, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/08/1823, Highgate, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Highgate Center Cemetery, Highgate, VT
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Freeman H. Sunderland
Lamoille Newsdealer: April 30, 1863
FROM THE 13TH REGIMENT
We make the following extracts from a letter written by F.H. Sunderland, to his friends in Cambridge, under the date of April 15th.
I received your letter with much pleasure, especially that part expressing your mind in regard to the war and slavery. I hope you have many more such patriotic men in your vicinity. I can truly say, down with the rebellion, and down with slavery, at whatever cost. You may think that because I am down here, that I express such sentiments. Yes, truly it is because I am here, where I can hear with my own ears, and see with my own eyes, and express myself with what I have seen and heard. I consider slavery the most damnable curse, if I may be allowed the expression, that ever a Nation can be afflicted with. This country is naturally the finest on this continent, but to tell the truth this state as far as we have seen, is fifty years behind our native state in the pursuits of almost everything except that of raising negroes, ( rather low business). As for farming, they know but little about I. Schools and religious meetings seems to have been among the things that have been neglected. I have talked with children some 14 and 14 years old, and they say they never went to school, and some do not even know their own age. There are some exceptions, to be sure. By this you will see one of the effects of slavery. The best I can say is: I hope the sympathizers or copperheads will sink away into nothingness and be woefully ashamed, and come out as true patriots should come forth in their might and strength to put down this rebellion.
I believe it is on its last footing, and the monster, treason, is about receiving its death blow. Just say to your copperheads, if you have any, that their words go to strengthen the rebellion, while their friends are here to put it down and sustain Government. Every influence they put forth serves as a weight upon our shoulders. I fear sometimes that there will be great responsibility upon them; that they will be the means of having many a precious life sacrificed. Did they but know the feelings of the boys here, they would tremble on account of their own safety. We consider them our "enemies at home".
Submitted by Deanna French