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24 February 1865: “Sunday night about 6 P.M. we got the word officially that Charleston was ours…”

Item Description: Letter dated 24 February 1865 from Jonathan Lewis Whitaker to his wife, Julia A. Wells Whitaker. He was a physician from Orange County, New York serving with the 26th United States Colored Troops near Beaufort, South Carolina. Whitaker … Continue reading

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30 December 1864: “Our expedition so far has been attended with the most complete success. The Rebels having lost Savannah…”

Item Description: Letter dated 30 December 1864 from Jonathan L. Whitaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. Jonathan L. Whitaker was a physician from Orange County, N.Y. He served as a United States Army surgeon at a hospital at … Continue reading

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2 May 1864: “I earnestly hope we may have a chance to fight…for the other thousands of anguished hearts…& also the cherishing of those passions of hatred & revenge which it would promote & encourage.

Item Description: Letter, 2 May 1864 and continued 11 May 1864, from Jonathan Lewis Whitaker to his wife, Julia A. Wells Whitaker, updating her on the conditions in his camp his well-being. Whitaker was an Orange County, N.Y., physician serving as a … Continue reading

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