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Maitland, James M. (1815-1864) to [Elhanan Mast]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.10.254 Author/Creator: Maitland, James M. (1815-1864) Place Written: Kingston, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: n.d. Pagination: 4 p. ; 30.1 x 18.4 cm.

Reports on many children dying of dysentery. Says the weather has been dry all summer an the corn crop will be short. Comments the political situation is unsettled, with much name-calling and disagreement about the war. Gives him an objective accounting of a viscous rumor circulating about a female neighbor. Urges him to come home and run as a Democratic representative in the fall. Letter is incomplete.

Joseph Maitland enlisted on 8 August 1862 as a Private. He was mustered into "G" Co. OH 95th Infantry. He was mustered out 31 May 1865 at Memphis, Tennessee.

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