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Burpee, Thomas F. (fl. 1837 - 1864) to Adaline Burpee

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02744.271 Author/Creator: Burpee, Thomas F. (fl. 1837 - 1864) Place Written: Plymouth, CT Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 07 September 1857 Pagination: 6 p. ; 17.3 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: He has spent a very lonely week without her. He wishes he had known her sooner. knows that she has left friends for him. sees the past as a series of mistakes and accidents up until he met her. sometimes feels as though he does not cherish her enough.

People: Burpee, Thomas F

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Soldier's LetterCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterInfantryBattleConfederate States of AmericaDeathEstateGenealogyPhotographyMilitary UniformsOrderly BookReligionSoldier's Diary

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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