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17 April 1865: “we were aroused by the report that General Johnson had surrendered his army to Sherman and you can have no idea of the excitement that reigned around the city at the announcement as it is surrounded by our army.”

Item Description: Letter from George Washington Baker to his mother from Raleigh, NC. He writes about General Johnston’s (who he refers to as Johnson) surrender to General Sherman. He talks about the feeling amongst the Union soldiers and in the … Continue reading

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25 April 1864: “I will let them rot and not disgace this Sheet by a recital of thier traitorous iniquities”

Item description: Chauncey Brunson Welton (1844-1908), a soldier in the 103rd Ohio Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, wrote to his mother, Julia A. Welton, from camp at Bulls Gap in eastern Tennessee. His letter relates how his regiment had recently left … Continue reading

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31 March 1862: “[Copperheads] are the most contemptable devils, of all others what ever shape they may assume.”

Item description: Letter, written by Abraham H. Botkin, a lieutenant in the 79th Ohio Infantry of the U.S. Army, to Mr. and Mrs. Bushey, possibly his brother-in-law and sister. Botkin wrote from Gallatin, Tenn., where action was at a standstill, … Continue reading

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