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Jeffery, Richard W. (fl. 1855-1899) to Aaron Jeffery

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.052 Author/Creator: Jeffery, Richard W. (fl. 1855-1899) Place Written: Savannah, [] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 April 1863 Pagination: 3 p. ; 25 x 20 cm. Order a Copy

Concerning information about his unexpected transfer from Charleston to Savannah where "...my responsibilities are greater & the means of meeting them less..." Discusses the anti-climactic Union attack on Charleston including the unimpressive performance of Federal ironclads, and requests information about the family and news of Hill in North Carolina. Also, expresses his fears that either Gen. Bragg's [Army of the Tennessee] or Johnston's [Army of the Mississippi] forces will encounter the numerically superior army of Grant's in Tennessee, and be forced to abandon Vicksburg. Letter is splotched and blotted with ink and concludes with "the pen is horrid".

Jeffery, Richard Woodlief, 1815-1882
Jeffery, Aaron, fl. 1858-1900
Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876
Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891

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