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21 August 1863: “The people were expecting the Yankees any moment when I left Selma and were actually drilling and working on the fortifications until midnight.”

Item Description: Letter dated August 21, 1863 from Elodie Todd Dawson to her husband, Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson. Mr. Dawson served in the Alabama legislature from 1863-1865, and had formerly served in the 4th Alabama Infrantry Regiment. Elodie’s sister, Mary Todd, … Continue reading

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4 August 1861: “…we may date our trouble from the time when we allowed Party to place in the chair a President, entirely disregarding his worth, ability, or capacity for it…”

Item description: Letter from Elodie Todd (1844-1881) to her fiance Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson (1829-1895). Elodie Todd, of Selma, Ala., was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln (the wife of Abraham Lincoln). At the time of this letter, Nathaniel Henry … Continue reading

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3 August 1861: “When I return safely, and we are married, I will want you to give the company an oyster supper and I will be so proud to introduce them to such a bride.”

Item description: Letter from Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson (1829-1895) to his fiancee Elodie Todd (1844-1881). Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson was a Selma, Ala., lawyer and politician, Confederate officer in the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, and United States commissioner of education. … Continue reading

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