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Miller, Michael Murray (1861-1864) to Lile Miller

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02155.004 Author/Creator: Miller, Michael Murray (1861-1864) Place Written: Annapolis Junction, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 August 1861 Pagination: 3 p. ; 24.6 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Miller writes to his wife: "...i do not touch any kind of strong drink play no cards have nothing to do with any women in fact have not spent one cent... i have to day Been in the army seven weeks and have never Received one Black mark..."

Background Information:

People: Miller, Michael M

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldier's LetterCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterGamblingSports and GamesAlcoholWomen's HistoryFinanceMorality and EthicsMilitary Camp

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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