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McParlin, Thomas A. (1825-1897) to Mother and Brother

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02649.11 Author/Creator: McParlin, Thomas A. (1825-1897) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 March 1862 Pagination: 2 p. : envelope ; 20.1 x 12.3 cm.

Sends news home. Comments on food including having a "porter house steak" for "Carnivale," weather conditions, and his schedule. Discusses supplies and surgeons for Wisconsin Regiments, with autograph letter signed on verso from Alida McParlin.

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