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Wood, Matthew (fl. 1862-1865) to Sarah Wood

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02176.07 Author/Creator: Wood, Matthew (fl. 1862-1865) Place Written: London, Kentucky Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 June 1863 Pagination: 4 p. ; 19.8 x 23.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Written from London, Kentucky to his wife. Describes raids in Tennessee and Virginia, destroying railroads, burning bridges, tearing down telegraph wires. Also describes the rainy weather. Expresses concern because he sent a dollar in a letter, but does not trust the mail. Tells of the soldiers' dismay at Robert E. Lee's successes, but expects victory will come when they're on the "brink of despair." Expresses fatigue from the harsh treatment and difficult duty he endures.

Background Information: Matthew Wood served in the Ohio Ninth Cavalry with Burnside's army in Tennessee, and William T. Sherman's army at the burning of Atlanta and capture of Savannah.

People: Wood, Matthew, fl. 1861-1865
Wood, Sarah, fl. 1862-1865
Lee, Robert E., 1807-1870

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldier's LetterCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterCavalryWartime Pillaging and DestructionRailroadTelegraphFinanceConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaSoldier's PayPost Office

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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