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Paxton, J. C. to James L. Botsford

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02414.291 Author/Creator: Paxton, J. C. Place Written: Camp Piatt, West Virginia Type: Telegram signed Date: no date Pagination: 1 p. ; 22 x 13.2 cm.

"My scouts have returned they were at Peytona no enemy that they could hear of I destroyed & broke up all the ferry boats for five miles each way . . . . " Dated Apl 5 186

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