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Jeffery, Richard W. (fl. 1855-1899) to Anne [Jeffery]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.060 Author/Creator: Jeffery, Richard W. (fl. 1855-1899) Place Written: Savannah, Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 September 1863 Pagination: 2 p. ; 26 x 21 cm. Order a Copy

Promises Anne that he will repay his overdue debt to her, and then goes on to muse on the fortunes of the war in the wake of Gen. Braxton Bragg's victory [Battle of Chickamauga]. He points out early Confederate victories at Mannassas and Big Bethel and the North's inability to find a successful commanding general for the western Federal army as evidence of major Yankee failures. Jeffery asserts that each time the Yankees have come into the South, they have been soundly "whipped", adding "...now that 'luck has changed' we may hope that success will follow success..." on to victory by wearing down the North's will to fight. Jeffery recommends the study of history to his daughter and goes on to report that Charleston is still under siege and will "fall into their [Yankee] possession in time but it has already cost them dear". Adds that he supposes Archer is happy with his newly acquired gun but hopes that no one will get hurt by "his dangerous toy." [Partial transcript available.]

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