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Terry, Robert B. (fl. 1861-1865) to Sister and Father

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.08.24 Author/Creator: Terry, Robert B. (fl. 1861-1865) Place Written: Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 December 1861 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20 x 25.5 cm.

Summary of Content: First half of letter written to his sister from Camp Pierpont. Includes newspaper clippings, noting that they are in regards to General George McCall and his division, as well as some "poetry dedicated to the Ranger's which I knew you will like it after you read it." The second half of the letter is addressed to his father, relaying information of the trial of Lieutenant Howell in Washington and "about a dozen" other men. Comments that "the reason we took the women prisinors was on account of being spies." Also divulges that a man named Johnson, who joined the Lincoln Cavalry in New York was shot for desertion. Remarks that they "ought to shoot some of the women spies for they are worse than [the] men." Letter written on stationery that has a large image of an eagle and an American flag on the top, alongside the words "Union & Liberty." Newspaper clippings include: a poem titled, "Dedicated to the Stay-at-Home Rangers"; a poem, "The American Standard" by George P. Morris, and an article titled, "A Grand Review of the Right Wing of the Army of the Potomac."

Background Information: Robert Terry enlisted on 4 June 1861 as a Private. He was mustered into "K" Co. PA 36th Infantry. He was discharged on 27 April 1865.

People: Terry, Robert B., fl. 1861-1865
McCall, George Archibald, 1802-1868

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterChildren and FamilyPoetryUnion GeneralSpyingLawWomen's HistoryCavalryDesertionDeath PenaltyAmerican Symbols and SealsPatriotic StationeryAmerican FlagArmy of the PotomacConfederate States of AmericaMilitary Law

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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