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Flora to Miller A. Wright

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02691.11.050 Author/Creator: Flora Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 [no month] 1863 Pagination: 2 p. ; 13.7 x 11.7 cm.

Summary of Content: [cousin]. [bottom section of the page missing]. Flora has been afraid to send a letter for fear that it will get contaminated with smallpox. Her sister will no longer eat any meat for fear of the disease. The war has jaded her. Sometimes she thinks it might be better "to die than to live in this dreary world."


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaConfederate Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryHealth and MedicalSmallpoxDeathChildren and FamilyDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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