The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932 Page: 266
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make any odds whether or not--I could not do them any good.
I want to see the end of the war, and then I will be willing to
give up the ghost. You will think that I got in the dumps be-
fore I got done my letter. Well, I do get that way when I think
what they are and what they might be."8
But when the moral standards of her society were falling in
disorder around her Mrs. Watie never doubted the integrity of
her husband. In speaking of war profiteers, of whom there seemed
to be a large number in the Cherokee Nation, she said she would
rather live on bread and water than to think he was one of those
who would profit from the necessities of his people.64 But she
believed that his sacrifices were unappreciated, and in a mood of
rebellion against the long strain of grief and worry she wrote,
"I would like to live a short time in peace just to see how it
would be. I would like to feel free once in life again, and feel
no dread of war or any other trouble.""
But peace finally came, and the Cherokee people set to work
to rebuild their ruined homes, and to draw their scattered refu-
gees into a stable society. Everything that went to make the
dawn of the new day is expressed in the homely words of advice
from Mrs. Watie to her young son whose schooling had been re-
tarded by the shadow of war thrown across his childhood, "I
want you to study hard so as to catch up with boys of your age.""6
It expressed at the same time a purpose and a prophecy.
"6Mrs. Watie to Stand Watie, September 4, 1864. MS.
"Ibid., May 2, 1865.
5"Mrs. Watie to Stand Watie, June 12, 1864. MS.
6"Mrs. Watie to Wataea Watie, January 29, 1869. MS.
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