Letter. William Lafayette Barrier, Culpeper County, Virginia, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Responding to his father's account of the "Extortioners of Mt. Pleasant," Barrier writes: "The man who shelters himself behind a tanyard or elsewhere when his country needs his service is most assuredly unworthy of the name of a Confederate citizen and is devoid of patriotism. And whoever extorts upon a poor soldier or a soldier's family when he is exposed to the dangers of a cruel war in the defense of Liberty, and in the protection of his home, should be branded as an enemy to his country and the poor." For such as these, he says, the day of retubution is coming. He has heard nothing from Rufus.