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Ward, Thomas (fl. 1886) War Department: Adjutant General's Office

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02150.41.03 Author/Creator: Ward, Thomas (fl. 1886) Place Written: Washington, DC Type: Autograph document signed Date: 25 June 1886 Pagination: 2 p. : 22.5 x 29.2 cm

Letter from the War Department outlining the injuries William Noyes suffered during the war. It claims to have no record of the cause or nature of the injury that ultimately sent him home.

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