Franklin County: William E. Camp, Jr. to Thaddeus
Stevens, April 19, 1861
Describes the state of excitement in Chambersburg and the mobilization for war.
April 19th 1861
I have just bid Alanson good bye he has gone to fight the battle of his country. the wildest state of excitement reigns here our best men have tendered their services. and everybody left back is anxious to go. business in this place is entirely suspended - stores all shut up. $6000 was raised yesterday to support the families of the soldiers during their absence. If it would be policy to stop operations at Caledonia, our force to a man will go. & I will go with them.
Your Obt Servnt
W. E. Camp
Hon Thaddeus Stevens