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1864: “We Must Make Free Men Of Them Beyond All Question”

Confederate Army of Tennessee – January 2, 1864 …Like past years, 1864 will diminish our ranks by the casualties of war, and what source of repair is there left for us? We therefore see in the recommendations of the President … Continue reading

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1863: “If I Were To Describe This Hospital”

Contraband Hospital, Washington. November 15, 1863. I shall depict our wants in true but ardent words, hoping to affect you to some action. Here are gathered the sick from the contraband camps in the northern part of Washington. If I … Continue reading

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Richmond 1863: Slave Trade

Since the Civil War eventually led to the abolition of slavery in America through the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, it’s easy to forget that slavery didn’t end during the war. Slave auctions and other atrocities … Continue reading

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1863: “Use Your Official And Personal Influence To Remove Prejudices”

Washington, March 31, 1863. Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant Commanding Department of the Tennessee, near Vicksburg: GENERAL: It is the policy of the Government to withdraw from the enemy as much productive labor as possible. So long as the rebels retain … Continue reading

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1863: “Learn To Know The Hearts Of My Abused And Suffering People!”

Alexandria, March 18. Since I last wrote to you, the condition of the poor refugees has improved. During the winter months, the small pox carried them off by hundreds; but now it has somewhat abated. At present, we have one … Continue reading

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1862: “Will Uncle Abe Lincoln Stand Firm?”

December 27. Publish affairs unchanged. Will Uncle Abe Lincoln stand firm and issue his promised proclamation on the first of January, 1863? Nobody knows, but I think he will.

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