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Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) to John J. Crittenden

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02490.14 Author/Creator: Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 May 1861 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20.5 x 13 cm.

Summary of Content: Discussing a request for arms for Union men in Kentucky.

Background Information: John J. Crittenden was a Senator from Kentucky, best known for championing the Crittenden Compromise, a failed last attempt at a political resolution to the disagreements that led to the ...Civil War.See More

People: Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872
Crittenden, John Jordan, 1787-1863

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Government and CivicsLincoln's CabinetUnion ForcesWeaponryMilitary HistoryCivil WarAmerican Statesmen

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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