Letter from Charles Sumner to John A. Andrew, 8 January 1861
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Charles Sumner felt strongly that "If possible, we must avoid civil war; indeed to avert this dread calamity." However, even with the imminence of the war, he felt confident it would not go well for the south. He continued, "I will give up, if necessary, territory & state; but I will not give up our principles." Andrew was governor throughout the Civil War and his support for both the Union and President Lincoln never waivered.